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    10th Annual Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference
    Venue: Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, British Columbia
    Conference Dates: October 8-10, 2009
    Workshop Date: October 7, 2009
    Deadline for abstract submissions is April 3, 2009.

    We invite papers, posters and/or symposia on any of the following conference themes. Please note that all papers must focus on research methods development and use, rather than on the findings of specific studies using qualitative inquiry.

    Innovation in Qualitative Research Methods
    Issues and new directions in data collection/analysis
    Development and applications of theory, within and across disciplines
    New technologies for data collection/analysis
    New or emerging methods (Mixed or pure)
    New approaches to writing and dissemination
    Strategies for community-based research
    Issues in cross-cultural research
    Research Ethics
    Issues with particular populations/settings
    The ethics review process
    Interdisciplinary Research
    Mixing qualitative, quantitative and textual research methods
    Working across disciplines – issues and technique
    Other Themes – as proposed by presenters
    This year the conference includes three methods of presentation:
    Moderated Poster Session
    Who should choose this forum? Researchers who are engaged in preliminary data analysis, or who are in proposal development should choose this option. Topics may include theoretical, substantive, or methodological contributions to qualitative research, or approaches to the dissemination of findings.

    This is the best way to present preliminary work on innovations in the development and use of qualitative methods, to interact with other researchers, and to receive feedback on your work. Posters (and supplementary material, if applicable) will be presented during a dedicated session, where you and other poster presenters will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with conference attendees about your work. You are invited to bring handouts, or other visual elements to make the most of your session time. This session will give you time to speak to specific elements of your research, and to answer questions from other conference attendees.

    Oral Presentation

    Who should choose this forum? Extended oral presentations are intended for fully-developed explorations of qualitative research methods. This is the best way to present new innovations in data collection, approaches to qualitative writing, the use of theoretical frameworks, multi-method designs, or other innovations in qualitative methods development and use that will be of interest to a multi-disciplinary audience. The focus of these presentations should be not on the findings of a particular study, but on the development and use of qualitative research methods. Oral presentations will be 20 minutes long, followed by a 10 minute question period.

    This is the best way for a group or team of researchers to present outstanding work around a consistent theme in qualitative research methods development and use. Symposia will last for 90 minutes and consist of three, 20-minute papers followed by 30 minutes of discussion.

    Who should choose this option? Symposia are intended for in depth exploration of a single theme related to qualitative research, by a group or team of researchers who wish to explore different dimensions of the same topic. This is also the ideal forum to present innovative methods work from multi-stage studies, projects that involve multiple research sites, or for mixed and multi-method studies (e.g., research teams that use a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods).

    Please note: Submissions for the symposia sessions must include abstracts for all three proposed papers, plus a 150 word abstract outlining the theme of the symposium. Submissions must also name the individual who will chair the session. All presenters must attend.

    Instructions and preliminary guidelines:
    Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously and must:

    Not exceed 250 words;
    Be written as concisely and clearly as possible and in English;
    Be written in paragraph form (i.e., not using a ‘structured abstract’ format);
    Outline the background of the study/project, methods and theoretical approach (if applicable); findings may be used as examples, to highlight the development and use of particular methods, but should not be the primary focus of the proposed session.
    Submissions must also include all authors’ names and primary academic/institutional affiliation only, and contact details of the corresponding author. Submissions must identify which conference theme (from an allocated list), best matches the proposed topic, as well as your preferred mode of presentation (i.e., poster; oral presentation; symposium).

    Please note that if the reviewers deem the content to be more suitable for another mode of presentation, they may recommend a change (e.g., from poster to oral presentation). The conference committee will discuss any such recommendations with authors, as part of the acceptance process.

    Abstracts for oral presentations that are novel or particularly significant in terms of methodological/theoretical approach, or that represent ‘state of the art’ approaches of the highest quality, will receive priority for this mode of presentation during the review process.

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