Qualitative Research and Evaluation Design: Considerations and Tensions
An ISSR two-day workshop at UMass
9:30 am to 4:30 pm May 16-17, 2013
Location: W32 Machmer Hall
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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 and evaluations; 2) considering purpose, context, potential participants, and ethics; 3) modifying the initial design based on emerging understandings of the context; and 4) conceptual and epistemological assumptions and their implications. There will be opportunities for attendees to engage in small-group activities. This workshop will provide a foundation for researchers who are new to qualitative research and evaluation design as well as an arena for exchange among those who have prior experiences.
Cost: $100 faculty, $40 graduate students (includes lunch)
Workshop Leaders: Gretchen B. Rossman & Gerardo Blanco Ramirez
Gretchen Rossman is Professor of International Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration in the School 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]). She has also authored or co-authored over 40 articles, book chapters, and technical reports focused on international and domestic education reform, as well as methodological issues in qualitative research syntheses, mixed methods research and evaluation, and ethical research practice. She has worked on development education initiatives in Azerbaijan, Hong Kong, India, Malawi, Palestine, Senegal, Tanzania, The Gambia, and the United States. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Pennsylvania.
Gerardo Blanco Ramirez is a doctoral candidate in Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a focus on the study of International Higher Education incorporating critical and postcolonial perspectives. He has participated in research projects exploring education in Mexico, China, and the Philippines, and has served as a consultant on qualitative research methods for non-governmental organizations from Peru and El Salvador. He has a bachelor’s in Educational Studies from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla (Mexico) and a master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Maine.