International Institute for Qualitative Methodology

Master Class Webinar Series

In these free, one-hour sessions, researchers will present their latest work, discuss key issues with you online, and exchange ideas and experiences with you. The colloquium is for all disciplines interested in qualitative research and for experts and novices alike. Each month a different qualitative voice will share and engage in discourse with attendees from all around the world. 

The 2017 Master Class Webinar Series is brought to you in part by the University of Georgia’s Program of Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies

Upcoming Webinars

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 Woolf & Christina Silver - Don’t Let the Software Drive the Process: The Five-Level QDA Method for Producing High-Quality Data Analysis Using ATLAS.ti
September 21, 2017
10.00am MDT

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
8.00am MDT

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
2.00pm MST

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.