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.
2018 Upcoming Webinars
David Silverman - The Quality of Interview Research
June 7, 2018 at 8:00am MDT (Canadian Mountain Time)
The Quality of Interview Research
Why is qualitative research so often based on interviews? Why is so much interview research of questionable quality? How can we improve its credibility? In this talk, I seek to explain the dominance of interview studies that seek to elicit respondents ‘experiences’ and ‘perceptions’. I show that this vocabulary is deeply problematic, assuming an over-rationalistic account of behaviour and a direct link between the language of people’s accounts and their past and present psychic states. Using a Constructionist approach, I develop these ideas by asking what sort of data are we trying to retrieve through interviews i.e. What do interviews reveal? I go on to examine and discount the claimed intellectual auspices for most interview studies and the way in which interview data are usually analysed. I conclude by showing how the reliability of interview transcripts can be improved and the analysis of interview data made more robust.
Laura L. Ellingson - Embodiment in Qualitative Research
July 26, 2018 at 1:00pm MDT (Canadian Mountain Time)