Obtaining the data you really need: on conducting qualitative interviews

I have been planning a new qualitative research project, and reading draft proposals and draft methodology chapters for students I am coaching, so I have been thinking about qualitative data lately; particularly how to get the right kinds of data from participants when we are conducting interviews. There are three main forms of interview that … Continue reading Obtaining the data you really need: on conducting qualitative interviews

Researching your own ‘backyard’: on bias and ethical dilemmas

This is a post particularly for those in the social sciences and humanities who may be doing a form of ethnographic research within the context in which they work or study - in other words, doing 'insider research'┬áto use Paul Trowler's term. Researching a context with which one is intimately familiar and in which one … Continue reading Researching your own ‘backyard’: on bias and ethical dilemmas

‘Retrofitting’ your PhD: when you get your data before your theory

I gave a workshop recently to two different groups of students at the same university on building a theoretical framework for a PhD. The two groups of students comprised scholars at very different points in their PhDs, some just starting to think about theory, some sitting with data and trying to get the theory to … Continue reading ‘Retrofitting’ your PhD: when you get your data before your theory