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Friday, September 26th, 2008
11:20 pm
here we go . . .
Well, it's been a long time since I've posted in this community, and it seems it never really got going the way I had wanted it to, and I guess that really falls on me. So, anyway, I thought I'd start posting about some of the things I am learning in my Grounded Theory Analysis course and Ethnography course this semester. So, here we go . . .

I am in my third year in a doctoral program and yet I feel like I am really learning about research for the very first time this semester. I am taking two qualitative courses and they are both hands-on kinds of courses, so we get to work with our projects in the course. It has been amazing so far, and I have just completed my very first research interview and am learning how to transcribe using the NVivo program. Has anyone used NVivo before (or other software programs)? What do you think about using software for qualitative analysis? I have mixed feelings myself, but I think that it's actually been really helpful so far with working with the audio file and the transcribing process.

I thought I'd also share some books that I have enjoyed thus far in my courses, and that might be helpful to others on this listserv . . .

Constructing Grounded Theory:  A Practical Guide Through Qualitative Analysis (2007) by Kathy Charmaz.
Qualitative Interviewing:  The Art of Hearing Data (2005) by Herbert J. Rubin and Irene S. Rubin.

Right now I am reading an article by Blake D. Poland titled, "Transcription Quality" that is located in the Handbook of Interview Research:  Context & Method (2001) with Eds. Jaber Gubrium and James Holstein. I'm just making a beginning with it, but I might send some notes about it after I finish . . .  

Sunday, October 7th, 2007
1:01 pm
TAMS analyser
I'm considering using the TAMS analyzer to help record, store and process my qualitative data. I'm attracted by the fact that it's text-based, free, and mac-compatible. Have any of you used this software and if so, what was your impression of it? I'm especially curious as to whether I will find it compatible with the voice centred relational analysis method I've chosen to use (a variation on Carol Gilligan's listening guide).
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
11:24 am
feminist/critical race/narrative frameworks
Hi everyone,

Long time . . . no post. I am getting into my first qualitative research project and I am wanting to frame my work in feminist and critical-race epistemologies. I wonder if anyone has readings they can recommend in these areas and also in narrative frameworks . . .

Saturday, March 24th, 2007
2:08 pm
For a paper I'm writing, I have to discuss the relevance and limits of analyzing fictional instead of "real" data as a case study for the understanding of a phenomenon. While I'm rather conscious of the many limits of doing so, I'd appreciate articles explicitely talking about those limits.

What I'm particularly looking for, however, would be articles discussing the relevance of such fiction use in a qualitative research paper.

Reference should suffice, but if you wish to directly mail them to me, you can do so at this address: chevrotine (dot) mail (at) gmail (dot) com.


(cross-posted to article_request and qual_research)
Friday, March 2nd, 2007
8:04 am
Welcome to both of you to this qualitative research online community. My name is Liz and I am the moderator for the group. I am just making a beginning as a qualitative researcher as a first year doctoral student in counseling psychology. I am currently taking a class called "Foundations for Qualitative Inquiry" with Thomas Schwandt, which is very exciting. I am very interested in eventually working with a PAR collaborative research design. I am probably traveling to Thailand this summer to conduct some interviews with people I know who are working with Westerners in the "helping" professions and what they're experiences have been like.

I'd love to hear from you in terms of who you are, what has drawn you to qualitative research, and any ideas or projects you are working on or thinking of working on . . .
Sunday, January 14th, 2007
1:41 pm
A post to start things off . . .
Fall 2006 was the first semester for me in a doc program in counseling psychology. I have a master's degree in counseling, and the master's program was highly clinically focused with very little attention to research. I was very excited to begin getting my feet wet with research this fall. Unfortunately, my "Research Methods I" class only discussed quanitative methodology and so I was not able to glean any of the foundations for qualitative inquiry through the course. At some point in the semester I attended a weekend workshop on Grounded Theory. This was my first formal introduction to the process of qualitative research. The main facilitator of the workshop used the following book:

Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches (2nd ed), by John W. Creswell.

So, I bought the book and have begun reading it recently. I'd love to know what others think of this book and if you have suggestions for other introductory type books in qualitative research (of course I'll have to wait for people to find and/or join the group, since I just created the group today).

I identify as an anti-racist feminist and I specifically interested in working in solidarity with communities to conduct research that is transformative for everyone involved. I have one book by Michelle Fine titled Speed Bumps, which is about overcoming obstacles in PAR. I would love to hear of other suggestions for material on PAR as well.

We do have the great and wonderful Norman Denzin at our school (wrote Handbook for Qualitative Research and a zillion other books as well). So, I am looking forward to delving into this area as I begin to traverse this new but somehow familiar terrain.
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