Jori Hall & Melissa Freeman - Fostering Culturally Responsive Evaluation Practice
May 8, 2017
The fundamental goal of evaluation practice is to assess the merit of a program. Yet, merit cannot be properly defined and enacted without considering the culture and context of the program. Because of this, understanding how evaluators can be culturally responsive to stakeholders is critical. This webinar explores how qualitative methodologies can be culturally responsive and accomplish evaluation goals. We will examine core components of cultural competence in evaluation and explore how qualitative methods can be used responsively to: provide rich descriptions of program events; expose program issues or inequities; and foster critical reflection on program implementation and impact.
June 8, 2017
Kakali Bhattacharya - Developing Critical, Expansive Awareness with Contemplative Arts-Based Qualitative Research
July 13, 2017
Qualitative inquiry has a strong focus on researcher positionality and in-depth understanding. However, as the field evolves and as social justice work becomes increasingly integrated with qualitative research, there seems to be a need to imagine multiple, creative possibilities for inquiry, analytic insights, and interventions that lie beyond resistance via dualistic relationship trapped within the oppressor/oppressed binary. To cultivate generative possibilities, an intersection of creativity and contemplative practices could provide fertile ground. In this webinar, I will discuss the role of contemplative and arts-based approaches in critical qualitative research. Through this discussion I will highlight how I integrate arts-based research and contemplative practices within qualitative inquiry and how such integration provides possibilities for critical social justice qualitative work with an expanded awareness. I will provide exemplars with various interactive engagement possibilities.
Linda Amankwaa - Trustworthiness: Keeping the Path Clear
August 24, 2017
Qualitative researchers and doctoral dissertation students often struggle with the path that will be used to show trustworthiness within final chapters. Often, we find what is planned within the research process, the definitions of trustworthiness, and the findings related to trustworthiness. However, a clear path within the proposal or first three chapters of the research are not obvious. Keeping a clear path is important to reliability and validity of the study. While the correct references may also be seen within the document, a clear path such as a charted plan for the beginning processes and ending processes for the trustworthiness process, are not presented within the document. We propose that an actual chart with the planned actions of trustworthiness, assist the researcher and novice researchers in keeping the path clear, the actions obvious, and the write-up less complicated in the end. Thus the process of this webinar is to present the process of “Keeping the Path Clear” for trustworthiness for those who are involved in qualitative research.
Nick Wolfe & Christina Silver - Don’t Let the Software Drive the Process: The Five-Level QDASM Method for Producing High-Quality Data Analysis Using ATLAS.ti
September 21, 2017
Many qualitative researchers don’t use CAQDAS packages because they are concerned the software will drive the process or force them to conform to a single style of data analysis. But there are also many researchers who have mastered the art of harnessing the software in the service of their analytic needs. We developed Five-Level QDA as a way of describing what these experts unconsciously do.
Five-Level QDA is not a method of data analysis, but a pedagogy for more quickly developing this expertise. The method recognizes that expert users of ATLAS.ti clearly distinguish their analytic strategies – what they plan to do – from their software tactics – how they plan to do it. The core of Five-Level QDA is a process of conscious translation between strategies and tactics that ensures that the needs of the data analysis, and not the capabilities of the software, always drive the process.
This webinar is in two parts. In the first part Nick will describe the principles of Five-Level QDA, including the difference between strategies and tactics and the process of translation. In the second part Christina will illustrate the process using examples from a variety of research projects.
Jessica Nina Lester - Practical Considerations for Doing Applied Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis Research
October 12, 2017
In recent years, there has been a turn to language, referred to as the ‘discursive turn’, which reflects a challenge to the essentialist and positivist views of the world. Within this ‘turn’, language is viewed as constitutive of social life, with greater attention being given to how language creates and constructs reality. Conversation analysis and discourse analysis approaches are increasingly viewed as useful methodological perspectives for understanding the implications of this turn to language, and offer particular insights for those interested in the study of language use in applied contexts, such as schools or health clinics. Yet, undertaking conversation analysis or discourse analysis studies in applied settings poses unique challenges to researchers. In this presentation, I discuss these challenges and offer practical considerations for carrying out a conversation analysis or discourse analysis study in real-world, institutional settings. I also provide a general overview of the meaning and process of conducting applied conversation analysis or discourse analysis research.
Celine-Marie Pascal - Qualitative Textual Analysis of Interviews & Media
November 16, 2017
Social life gains meaning, importance, and relevance through systems of signification. While there are a variety of analytical styles available for conducting textual analyses, all of these practices are united by an effort to understand texts (whether interviews, natural conversation, or media) not as factual statements but as processes through which knowledge comes to appear objective and meaningful. This webinar is designed for social scientists who are interested in gaining techniques for moving between broad cultural analyses of language and discourse which emphasize social constraints and localized practices of text and talk that emphasize individual agency. This ability to move between structure and agency, culture and practice, offers researchers unique opportunities for understanding relationships among language, culture and power.