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Listening to the Sounds of Research

Qualitative researchers listen to stories and turn them into data. Sometimes we take notes during interviews, focus groups, or observations— setting down spoken answers as written words. Other times we record our data collection, then carefully transcribe what we’ve heard. Whether listening in the moment or reviewing an audio file, we must find ways to […]

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Methods in Action: Participatory Action Research

Mary M. Somerville approaches leadership in her role as university librarian using participatory design, which creates learning systems and professional practices that support information sharing and knowledge creation for informed action throughout the workplace. This in turn creates fertile conditions for workplace learning, she happily explains, for and with other campus stakeholders. She explains that […]

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Autoethnography Stretches Out

When and why might we use autoethnographic methods? The “auto“ prefix might lead us to believe they are useful only when we are studying our own experiences—akin to memoir or autobiography. This orientation to self would rule out using autoethnography in the kinds of studies generally approved by academic departments or funders. However, contemporary qualitative […]

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Methods in Action: Meeting the Syrian Refugee Women of Beirut

I crawled into my bed at my flat-share in Beirut, shattered from a day of intense focus groups with women who had left their homes in war-torn Syria to seek refuge in the city. For ease of organisation, we had arranged three over the course of one day. The difficulty was that once a group […]

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Methods in Action: Creative Visual Methods

A prime enemy of the best research is ‘the expectation.’ Researchers expect certain results or answers, and by Jove, they find them. Or they are familiar with the research terrain, and grow complacent in what they look for (or ignore what’s before their noses). If only someone could, as the old cliché goes, ‘draw a […]

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Call for Papers: International Symposium on Qualitative Research

The 2nd International Symposium on Qualitative Research, to be held in Salamanca, pain on July 12-13, 2017, is seeking papers. Authors may submit proposals for presentation of papers that meet the goals and themes of the symposium, including original scientific articles addressing revisions to the state of the art research and new perspectives, solutions and/or applications to real […]

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Methods in Action: Mylynn Felt on Using Data in Qualitative Research

There’s a developing “data gold rush” for social science, and to address it a popular recent paper in the journal Big Data & Society calls for researchers to combine their traditional skills in qualitative methodology with the newly available social media data analytics. As the pell-mell imagery of a gold rush suggests, there are riches […]

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Using Inquiry Models to Learn How to Ask Questions

While MethodsSpace is a community of researchers, many of us also find ourselves in the role of instructor. This post is the first of a series that will explore juxtapositions of research methods and instruction. In Learning to Research/Researching to Learn posts I will explore ways that instructors can infuse research activities into courses where […]

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Getting Started: More Online Qualitative Research Design Basics

Designing and online qualitative study works best when a holistic approach is used. It is important to not only take into account overall coherence, as we would in any qualitative research design, but also to reflect on the implications of the specific tools or platforms we intend to use. This is true whether we are […]

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Free Webinar: Getting Started Online Qualitative Research Design Basics

Why conduct a qualitative inquiry, and what is the rationale for doing it online? What kinds of design and ethical issues do qualitative researchers need to consider when planning to collect data online? These are some of the questions an interactive webinar hosted by MethodSpace and featuring Janet Salmons, MethodSpace blogger and author of the […]

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