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DEVELOPING THE USE OF IN-DEPTH DATASETS

 

Introduction | RCBN Activities | References | Resources | Links | Software

Introduction (return to top)

This programme theme will focus primarily on the development and analysis of more ‘qualitative’ data-sets. While the consultation exercise revealed concern about the quality of some ‘qualitative’ research, there was little consensus as to the nature of any weaknesses or how to remedy them. In our view this reflects the fact that there is at present little consensus within the research community as to the criteria by which qualitative research should be judged. Further work will therefore be needed over the course of the coming months in order to clarify these issues (this will overlap with concerns addressed under the ‘Path from studies to evidence theme’) and understand training needs more fully. However, in the mean time certain priorities are apparent. Our survey revealed high demand for training in the use of qualitative data analysis software, particularly in the relative merits of different packages and approaches; a significant proportion of respondents requested training in the use of discourse and conversational analysis; and very few researchers reported the ability to use semiotics or typologies in their in-depth analysis. The consultation exercise also questioned the use of innovative approaches to the analysis of such data from other disciplines in the social sciences. One task of this programme theme, therefore, is to raise the awareness of a number of methods and methodologies that can be employed in the analysis of in-depth data, and this will overlap with the work of the IT assisted research theme.

RCBN Activities (return to top)

10th November 2004 Research approaches to revealing tacit knowledge
One-day workshop, Royal College of Music, London. Please click here for further information.

27 May 2004 Critical Reading for Self-Critical Writing:
Introduction to a Structured Approach for Reviewing Literature

One-day workshop, University of Bath, 20 places. Please click here for further information.

25 May 2004 Research approaches to revealing tacit knowledge
One-day workshop, Institute of Physics, London. For further details please click here.

Qualitative research in teaching and learning: quality, innovation and future directions
This is a RCBN seminar series organised in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University. This seminar series provides a forum for debate and discussion about the present use of, and future directions for qualitative research within teaching and learning, and educational research more generally. The series addresses the ways in which qualitative research is conducted within teaching and learning arenas and, how qualitative data are used to inform scholars, practitioners and policy makers. In particular the series considers issues of quality within qualitative research, in a context of methodological consolidation, development and innovation. For more information about the seminar series and individual seminars can be seen here.

13 Feb 2004 Introduction to Qualrus™: The Intelligent Qualitative Analysis Program
A one-day workshop to be held on Friday 13th February 2003, at Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham, University of Gloucestershire
. The workshop will be led by Ed Brent, the author of Qualrus, and will begin with an introduction to the software package. Further details are posted here.

23 Jan 2004 Longitudinal Research in Education, York
This one-day workshop/seminar will introduce participants to different ways in which longitudinal research can be used in education. It will show how time can be introduced into research both within a single study and for repeated research studies. The workshop/seminar will also examine a range of different types of research that use different forms of data – including ‘qualitative’ and ‘quantitative’ data. The workshop will also discuss the use of existing large-scale datasets, such as the British Household Panel Survey and the Youth Cohort Study, in the context of education research.
Further Details.

5 Dec 2003 Introduction to ATLAS.ti software for qualitative analysis (repeated)
In response to expressions of interest from several TLRP teams and individual researchers, the RCBN has organised a one-day ATLAS.ti training workshop. This will be held at at Birmingham University on 5th December 2003. Christina Silver, from the CAQDAS Networking Project, at the University of Surrey, will be leading the event. Further details are available on a page dedicated to the event.

25 July 2003 Introduction to ATLAS.ti software for qualitative analysis
In response to expressions of interest from several TLRP teams and individual researchers, the RCBN has organised a one-day ATLAS.ti training workshop. This will be held at the School of Education, at the University of Leeds, on the 25th July, 2003. Christina Silver, from the CAQDAS Networking Project, at the University of Surrey, will be leading the event. Further details are available on a page dedicated to the event.

10 and 25 June 2003 Introduction to QSR NVivo software for qualitative analysis
Following a request from a TLRP team regarding the possibility of the RCBN organising a training workshop on using QSR NVivo software, TLRP members were canvassed for their interest in such an activity. Many enthusiastic responses were received and owing to the high demand for places two training workshops were organised, taking place in Newcastle on the 10th of June 2002 and in Cardiff on the 25th of the same month. The evaluations returned by attendees were overwhelmingly positive and can be seen here.

April 2004
Criteria for greater rigour in ‘qualitative’ research; 1-day discussion workshop (Cardiff); 15 places

References (return to top)

Building Research Capacity journal

Bradshaw, M (2002) Contracts with research participants: degrees of appropriateness, Building Research Capacity, 4, pp.4-6

Coffey, A (2002) Reflections on the history of qualitative research in education, Building Research Capacity, 2, pp.5-8

Nash, R (2002) A realist scheme for social explanation: on 'numbers and narratives', Building Research Capacity, 4, pp.1-4

Prandy, K (2002) Measuring quantities: the qualitative foundation of quantity, Building Research Capacity, 2, pp.3-4

Renold, E (2002) Using vignettes in qualitative research, Building Research Capacity, 3, pp.3-5

Smith, F and Hardman, F (2003) Investigating classroom interaction using computerised observation, Building Research Capacity, 6, pp.5-7

Resources (return to top)

Discourse Analysis: A Bibliographical Guide
This is a helpful bibliographical guide to discourse analysis compiled by Professor Martyn Hammersley (The Open University)

Links (return to top)

Qualidata
Qualidata provides a national service for the acquisition, dissemination and re-use of social sciences qualitative research data. It is a specialist unit housed within the UK Data Archive (UKDA) at the University of Essex.

National Centre for Social Research, The Qualitative Research Unit (QRU)
The QRU runs two qualitative research training courses at the National Centre: a five day course on in-depth interviewing and a two day course on group discussions.

Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS)
CAQDAS
aims to provide practical support, training and information in the use of a range of software programs which have been designed to assist qualitative data analysis. The project also provides various platforms for debate concerning the methodological and epistemological issues arising from the use of such software packages.

Software (return to top)

SdG Associates
SdG Associates provide training and project consultancy on using software for qualitative analysis.

ATLAS.ti
ATLAS.ti is a powerful software package for the visual qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual, graphical and audio or video data.

 


       
 
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