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' 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