Introduction to Qualitative Research

This is an introductory unit for individuals with limited or no previous experience with qualitative traditions or techniques of inquiry.

 
Level 1 - runs over 5 days
Instructor: 

Dr Emma Mitchell is a lecturer in Sociology at Macquarie University, Sydney. She teaches qualitative inquiry in the social science and has used textual analysis, in-depth interviewing and ethnography in her own research. She is an experienced teacher and has taught undergraduate, postgraduate, and intensive Bloc mode courses at the University of Sydney and Macquarie University. Both her research and teaching experience has been focused on social policy and the sociology of everyday life, with an emphasis on issues of race and diversity in welfare.

Course dates: Monday 21 January 2019 - Friday 25 January 2019
Week: 
Week 1
About this course: 

In this course you will learn about all elements of the qualitative research process and how they are interrelated. We will unpack the key components of qualitative research design, including the stances and theories that underpin qualitative methodologies, as well as techniques of data collection and analysis. We pay particular attention to what’s involved in ethically employing popular methods such as interviewing and observation. The course combines lectures covering foundational issues with practical workshops that give you a chance to practice qualitative techniques first-hand.

 

The target audience for this course is those who would like to become more familiar with qualitative research techniques, from postgraduate university students and staff to researchers in government and private organisations.

Course syllabus: 

Day 1

  • Situating qualitative inquiry in the social sciences.
  • Designing qualitative methodologies: frames, methods, and issues.
  • The politics and ethics of qualitative research.

 

 

Day 2

  • Situating the researcher in the field: the researcher as instrument.
  • Interviewing practices: Planning and conducting in-depth interviews (forms of interview, rapport, phrasing questions, probing).
  • Group interviews (composition, structure, facilitation).

 

 

Day 3

  • Observational practices: forms of observation, what to look for, writing field notes.
  • Unobtrusive methods: access, interpretation, online data.
  • Handling data: an iterative approach, preliminary data analysis, data storage.

 

 

Day 4

  • Data analysis: inductive logic, generating meaning.
  • Coding systems and cycles.
  • Thematic analysis.
  • Discourse analysis.
  • Using computer software in qualitative analysis.

 

 

Day 5

  • Writing up: The purpose of qualitative writing.
  • Presenting data: audience and purpose/voice and style.
  • Criteria for assessing good qualitative research.
  • One-on-one consultations.
Course format: 

This course will run in a classroom. No Equipment is required

 

The course will wrap-up at lunchtime on Friday, allowing time for one-on-one consultations after lunch if requested.

 

Recommended Background: 

There are no prerequisites for this course.

 

Recommended Texts: 

Other reading that may be useful:

  • Creswell, J. (2016) 30 Essential Skills for the Qualitative Researcher, Sage: Thousand Oaks.
  • Tracy, S.J. (2013) Qualitative Research Methods: Collecting evidence, crafting analysis and communicating impact, Wiley-Blackwell: West Sussex.

 

Course Fees:
All courses at a given program have the same fee structure, but fees vary depending on whether your organisation is an ACSPRI Member and whether there are Early Bird Discounts available at the time. The prices for this program are available on the program page.
FAQ: 

Q. Do I have to have had any qualitative or quantitative research experience to do this course?

A. No, this is an introductory course and no prior knowledge is required.

Participant feedback: 

I really enjoyed the course and feel that my skills and knowledge has increased signifcantly. (Spring 2018)

 

We had equal balanced of lectures discussions group activity, individual activity, interactions (Spring 2018)

 

The course gave me great understanding of qualitative aspect of my research how to do interviews, how to do analysis. (Spring 2018)

Program: 
Summer Program 2019
Notes: 

The instructor's course notes will serve as the course text.