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Situating Qualitative Research in Evidence-based Research and
Systematic Review Agendas

One-day seminar
University of Sheffield
June 24th 2004

Hosted by: TLRP Research Capacity Building Network (RCBN) in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University



** Liz Spencer's presentation Developing a framework for evaluating qualitative research is now available for download **

** Lesley Saunder's presentation Qualitative research: ethical evidence for policy making? is now available for download **

**Martyn Hammersley's list of references is now available for download in Word format**

An interactive and discussion based seminar with invited speakers: Mary Dixon-Woods, Harry Torrance, Lesley Saunders, Liz Spencer, Martyn Hammersley

The increasing application of evidence-based research (and its synthesis in systematic reviews) to the policy and practice of education has been accompanied by a proliferation of different systematic approaches. The variety and permeability of methods opens up questions of what, if any, productive relationships between these different methods and qualitative teaching and learning research can be forged.

The aim of this seminar is to create a venue where researchers can engage critically with a range of different approaches to evidence-based and systematic review methods and methodologies (e.g. meta-analysis, Bayesian meta-analysis, realist synthesis, meta-ethnography) that have currency for educational research and policy development. Through exploring their congruencies and disparities with the interests, theoretical concerns and practice of qualitative research in teaching and learning, qualitative researchers will have the opportunity to appraise their use and consider the ethics of applying for and undertaking funded research in these areas.

The seminar is of relevance to researchers who engage in qualitative approaches to teaching and learning research and are interested in finding ways to situate their work in relation to current beliefs about the relationships between research, policy and practice.

10.00am Introduction

  • Mary Dixon-Woods (University of Leicester) presenting a review of the use of qualitative research in a variety of systematic review methods.
  • Harry Torrance (Manchester Metropolitan University) on his experiences of renegotiating the boundaries and focus of a funded systematic review.
  • Liz Spencer (University of Essex) on the experience of undertaking the funded development of a framework for evaluating qualitative research.
  • Discussant: Lesley Saunders (General Teaching Council) responding to issues raised on the significance of qualitative research to policy development and the ethical considerations for qualitative researchers undertaking such work
  • Discussant: Martyn Hammersley (Open University) responding to the issues raised by the other speakers and relating them to the implications that evidence-based research and systematic review agendas have for qualitative educational researchers.
  • Open discussion chaired by Amanda Coffey (Cardiff University).

4.15pm Close

The cost of the event is free to members of the TLRP, and all travel and other costs can be met by the RCBN for TLRP researchers. For more information about financial support in attending this event please contact the RCBN. For non-TLRP researchers there is a cost of £15 per person. Lunch and refreshments are included.

If you are interested in attending this event then please contact the RCBN or complete a booking form.

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