Getting creative with interview methods

Although qualitative interviews are massively used in qualitative studies all over the world, there is enormous variation in how interviews are conducted, and by what mode. Qualitative researchers have been exceptionally creative in how they elicit verbal accounts from participants of research studies. For example, here are some of the numerous descriptors used in relation … Continue reading Getting creative with interview methods

Resources for teaching feminist theory

For anyone revising syllabi for next semester, the journal Signs provides lots of resources for teaching feminist theory and #feminist resistance. The Feminist Public Intellectuals Project includes: Short takes -- discussions of current books on gender, feminism, and sexuality. Feminist frictions -- essays on current concepts and controversies; and Ask a feminist -- a podcast … Continue reading Resources for teaching feminist theory

A beginner’s guide to conducting archival research

Archives preserve records from what has gone before to ensure accountability among leaders, to record what has happened in the past, and to preserve people's cultural identities and heritage. In our book Exploring the archives: A beginner’s guide for qualitative researchers (2021), Kathleen deMarrais and I introduce qualitative researchers to archival research. We discuss why … Continue reading A beginner’s guide to conducting archival research

Call for proposals: Critical Autoethnography 2020

Where: Brisbane, Australia When: 7-9th July 2020 “We need stories (and theories) that are just big enough to gather up the complexities and keep the edges open and greedy for surprising new and old connections” writes Haraway (2015, p. 160) and in 2020, the CAE conference is inspired by Haraway’s catch cry “We are all … Continue reading Call for proposals: Critical Autoethnography 2020

The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics

With all the handbooks being published these days, it’s hard to keep up. Since I teach a course on research ethics, I’ve recently taken delivery of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics (Iphofen & Tolich, 2018). I have yet to read this text in full, but in this blogpost, I’ll provide an overview of … Continue reading The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics

Writing up qualitative research in ways that readers want to read

What keeps readers of academic writing engaged? We have all likely yawned our way through research reports, or worse — stopped reading altogether. Since time is limited and attention spans are getting shorter, academic writers must be able to attract and retain a hold on their readers’ attention if their work has to have any … Continue reading Writing up qualitative research in ways that readers want to read

New books on qualitative research

A second edition of the Sage Qualitative Research Kit, edited by German scholar, Uwe Flick, was published in 2018. Comprised of 10 short volumes, the kit aims to provide a brief introduction to qualitative research. In his introduction to the series, Flick talks about the organization as follows. Although the series could be read in … Continue reading New books on qualitative research

Call for book proposals

Myers Education Press is a new academic press specializing in books, e-books and digital content in the field of education. Working with many of the top names in the field, we present superb research that advances the discipline at a time when it is under attack on many fronts. Most importantly, we are an author-based … Continue reading Call for book proposals

What is Autoethnography?

Researchers are usually familiar with the term “ethnography”, which is a research approach that examines culture through being there. Ethnographers typically embed themselves in settings and observe what is going on. They get to know participants over extended periods of time, use interviews to understand participants’ perspectives about their lives and cultures, and perhaps collect … Continue reading What is Autoethnography?

Autobiography of a disease

Recently, I have had two unplanned conversations with individuals who have experienced serious illness from bacterial infections. Like many of you, I’ve also come across media reports about current research that examines the causes of bacterial infections, as well as why there has been a rise in infections that are drug-resistant. In one such article … Continue reading Autobiography of a disease