Joseph Maxwell - Realism in Qualitative Inquiry
February 16, 2017
08.00 A.M. MST
Qualitative inquiry has largely been characterized, at least in its explicit philosophical statements, by a thoroughgoing constructivist epistemology and ontology that denies the existence or relevance of a "real world" independent of the social constructions of particular communities. In this talk, I present an alternative, realist perspective for qualitative inquiry, one that I think is more consistent with many qualitative researchers' implicit beliefs and actual practices. This perspective, often termed "critical realism" (although alternative terms are widespread), combines a constructivist epistemology with ontological realism. Additional premises are that a) meanings, beliefs, intentions, and other "mental" phenomena are just as real as physical ones, although understood by a different conceptual framework; b) causation is a legitimate concept in qualitative inquiry, although a different understanding of causation from the "regularity" theory that characterizes much quantitative research; c) diversity within social and cultural groups is a real phenomenon, one often ignored or minimized in both quantitative and qualitative research, and d) validity (or trustworthiness) is not assured by the designs or methods used, but depends on the relationship of our conclusions to the actual phenomena to which they refer. I argue that this perspective provides a more productive way than strict ontological and epistemological constructivism of addressing some important issues and practices in qualitative inquiry.
March 16, 2017
2 P.M. MST
Jori Hall & Melissa Freeman - Fostering Culturally Responsive Evaluation Practice
April 20, 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.
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 - 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
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