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
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' to 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
This post is a 2-parter and follows on from last week's post about generating data. The one thing I did not know, at all, during my PhD was that qualitative data analysis is a lot more complex, messy and difficult than it looks. I had never done a study of this magnitude or duration before, so … Continue reading Iterativity in data analysis: part 1
I'm thinking about data again - mostly because I am still in the process of collecting/gathering/generating it for my postdoctoral research. I had a conversation with a colleague at a conference I went to recently who talks about 'generating' his data - colleagues of mine in my PhD group use this term too - but … Continue reading Data: collecting, gathering or generating?
This is my last post about fieldwork. This final one is about observations, and whether and how to participate or not participate in what you are observing. In my case I was observing classroom teaching, but I think these comments could also apply to tutorials, meetings, workshops - any kind of encounter where there is … Continue reading Fieldwork: to participate or not to participate…