Upcoming Event: Postgraduate Pre-Conference: 9 April 2018

For postgraduate students in the UK, the British Sociological Association's Postgraduate Forum is now taking registrations. This year's forum focuses on personal and practical challenges related to becoming a member of the academic community.  Personal and Practical Challenges: Becoming a Member of the Academic Community 9 April 2018 Northumbria University, UK This event is centered … Continue reading Upcoming Event: Postgraduate Pre-Conference: 9 April 2018

Guides for collecting and analyzing qualitative data

Numerous scholars have written about qualitative data — what counts as data, how to collect and generate it, how to analyze it, or even do without it (Brinkmann, 2014). As one might expect from the title, Uwe Flick’s newly-published edited volume, The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection (Flick, 2018) aims to discuss questions to … Continue reading Guides for collecting and analyzing qualitative data

How to write a review

Reviewing is one of the tasks related to the ‘service’ side for those of us in academic positions. The task of reviewing typically entails reading a manuscript sent by an editor from a journal, providing written comments to the author (and editors should that be necessary), and submitting a recommendation to the editor/s. For manuscripts … Continue reading How to write a review

Recently published books on qualitative and mixed-method approaches to research

In alphabetical order, here are some recently published texts on qualitative methods that you might want to add to your bookshelf. Enjoy... Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor and Richard Siegesmund's (2018) second edition of their popular book Arts-based research in education: Foundations for practice is now available.  In this expanded and completely revised edition of the original text, … Continue reading Recently published books on qualitative and mixed-method approaches to research

Triangulation in qualitative research

“Triangulation” is a term that is frequently mentioned in publications of qualitative studies. Typically, scholars mention “triangulation” in discussions to do with how the “quality” or “validity” of a study might be assured (e.g., Seale, 1999; Tracy, 2010). Where did the term “triangulation” come from, and how did it come to be used in qualitative … Continue reading Triangulation in qualitative research

New Year’s Intentions

Happy New Year for 2018! I gave up making new year’s resolutions several years ago… but this year, I am borrowing the idea of “new year’s intentions” from tapestry artist Rebecca Mezoff. Here are a few things that I want to remind myself of throughout the year -- rather than abandon by the end of January!  … Continue reading New Year’s Intentions

Tips for planning conference presentations

Planning to present at a conference involves a number of steps. This post is for those of you who are new to making conference presentations. What do you need to do? What resources might help? Read on... 1. Choose a conference to attend For newcomers to academic work, it's sometimes difficult to select a conference … Continue reading Tips for planning conference presentations

10 things to be thankful for as a qualitative researcher

In the midst of being too busy, sometimes it's useful to relax, and take a few minutes to think about the things for which we are thankful. Here are a few things that I'm thankful for as a qualitative researcher. What about you?  1. There are lots of journals on qualitative methods to read… Check … Continue reading 10 things to be thankful for as a qualitative researcher

Online information session: Qualitative Research@UGA

The faculty in the Qualitative Research Program at the University of Georgia will host an online session on Thursday October 5, 12:00-1:00 pm EST for prospective students. Information will be provided about the graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies, and the Ph.D. in Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies. To join the meeting, please click on … Continue reading Online information session: Qualitative Research@UGA

Moral philosophy and the qualitative researcher

“What’s moral philosophy got to do with me?” you might ask. In fact, various forms of moral philosophy underlie how scientific research is routinely practiced. Let’s look at three moral philosophies, and how they might be used to inform ethical decision-making in the conduct of research. Of course, there are many more approaches to moral … Continue reading Moral philosophy and the qualitative researcher