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Qualitative Research Design: Considerations and Tensions

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 9:00am to Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 2:00pm
W32 Machmer Hall

Veteran qualitative researchers discuss challenges and opportunities as they arise in designing thoughtful and responsive research; considering purpose, context, potential participants and ethics; modifying the initial design based on emerging understandings of the context; and the conceptual and epistemological assumptions and their implications.

Researchers across the social sciences use qualitative methods to generate knowledge. At every step in the research process, we confront tensions, make critical decisions, and develop creative strategies. In this workshop, two researchers with extensive experience in qualitative research design and implementation will discuss challenges and opportunities as they arise in:

  1. Designing thoughtful and responsive research;
  2. Considering purpose, context, potential participants and ethics;
  3. Modifying the initial design based on emerging understandings of the context; and
  4. The conceptual and epistemological assumptions and their implications.

There will be opportunities for attendees to engage in small-group activities. This workshop assumes a working knowledge of the basic principles and strategies of qualitative research and an interest in pursuing various design options in a community of practice with critical friends.

Workshop runs May 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and May 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. 

Register here.

Instructors

Gretchen Rossman is professor of international education and chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. With an international reputation as a qualitative methodologist, she has expertise in qualitative research design and methods, mixed methods monitoring and evaluation, and approaches to inquiry. Over the past 25 years she has co-authored nine books, two of which are major qualitative inquiry texts (Learning in the Field, 3rd ed., with Sharon F. Rallis [Sage Publications] and Designing Qualitative Research, 5th ed., with Catherine Marshall [Sage]).

Ezekiel W. Kimball is an assistant professor of higher education in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His teaching focuses on qualitative methods, educational foundations, and learning and development in early adulthood. His published works include journal articles and book chapters on social theory, college admissions, and student affairs practice. A forthcoming book focuses on using theoretical insights to inform educational practice. 

Payment Details

  • Five College Student: $100
  • Five College Faculty: $200
  • Non-Five College Student: $225
  • Non-Five College Faculty: $325

Payment is due two weeks before workshop start date. Failure to pay by then may result in the loss of your seat to a registrant on the waitlist.

ISSR accepts payments by departmental recharge form or personal check. If you are paying from departmental funds, ask your bookkeeper to contact Karen Mason for the recharge form and instructions for completing. If paying by personal check, please make it out to "University of Massachusetts" and note in the lower left corner the name of the workshop you are registering for. A receipt can be sent to you on request. ISSR cannot accept credit or debit cards.

Send payment to:
Karen Mason
W34A Machmer Hall
University of Massachusetts
240 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9278