Qualitative Research Methods Workshop: An Interactive Guide


On the 4th of July 2017, the Graduate School will be running a one day workshop on qualitative research methods. In this workshop Dr. Neil Raven will introduce participants to a range of qualitative research methods that can be used separately or as part of a mixed methods approach. The day will begin by considering the use of interviews in academic research, before exploring the potential of focus groups. During the afternoon attention will turn to the use of observation and photography as methods that have the capacity to generate a wealth of rich qualitative data. 

In addition, consideration will be given to the origins and application of each method, as well as its comparative strengths and limitations when it comes to being ‘deployed in the field’. The key phases associated with the implementation process – from initial preparation to data collection and interpretation – will also be explored, as will issues of data storage and research ethics, alongside the role and value of conducting a pilot study. Interactive in nature, the workshop will provide participants with plenty of opportunities to assess the suitability of each of these methods to their own research.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Appreciate the role of interviews, focus groups, observation and photography as methods of academic research.
  • Recognise the relative strengths and weaknesses of each method.
  • Have considered which method, or combination of methods, would be best applied to their research.
  • Understand the key phases of involved in the research process.
  • Appreciate the role the pilot study in testing research methods and research design.
  • Gained an understanding of the importance of ethics in qualitative research.

Workshop Summary:

Title: Qualitative research methods: an interactive guide

About the Facilitator: Dr. Neil Raven is an independent researcher, educational consultant and visiting postgraduate tutor at various UK-based universities.  Prior to setting up his own business, Neil oversaw a number of Aimhigher and university-based programmes aimed at widening higher education participation and, before that, was a lecturer in modern economic and social history.  Neil has published widely, notably in the fields of economic and social history, and post-compulsory education, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Time: 4th July 2017 from 09:30 to 16:00

Venue: MY120 Avenue campus

To book: Please visit:  Gateway

About Leila Benseddik

PhD student and PGR Intern for the Graduate School

Posted on May 30, 2017, in Events, Researcher development, Workshops & Training and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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