15 September - 18 September 2020

Qualitative researchers often try to do the same as quantitative research but with smaller samples. This interactive masterclass is relevant to PhD students and early career researchers and more experienced researchers who want to do qualitative research and to write it up rigorously and effectively. It provides guidance on how to use the latest constructionist approaches which treat our data as instances of complex behaviours and hence complementary to quantitative research.

About this course

This masterclass offers lectures and data workshops covering the latest approaches to key areas of qualitative research:

  • Improving the quality of interview data analysis. Treating respondents’ accounts as skilful versions of reality. Attending to the step by step production of meaning between interviewer and interviewee.
  • Documents and digital data as social constructions. How to avoid treating them as ‘secondary data’. Tracing the narratives, they construct.
  • Theorising with qualitative data. Avoiding armchair theorising and theory used as ‘window dressing’. How to induce theories from your data.
  • Effective writing up of a qualitative PhD. Common errors and effective solutions.

Course format

The workshop will be delivered online over four consecutive evenings (2.5 hours) 6.00 pm–8.30 pm. One topic covered per evening session.

6.00 Introductory lecture
6.30 Lecture 1
7.45–8.30 Student data sessions with simultaneous 1-1s

6.00 Feedback from data sessions
6.30 Lecture 2
7.45–8.30 Student data sessions with simultaneous 1-1s

6.00 Feedback from data sessions
6.30 Lecture 3
7.45–8.30 Student data sessions with simultaneous 1-1s

6.00 Feedback from data sessions
6.30 Lecture 4
7.45–8.30 Open discussion

Recommended background

A basic knowledge of qualitative research.

Recommended texts

Any of Silverman’s current Sage textbooks. Interpreting Qualitative Data [sixth edition] or, for more advanced researchers, his Very Short Book [second edition].

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Further details on Professor Silverman's textbooks

Bio: Professor Silverman

Prof David Silverman is Professor Emeritus in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths College, London, Visiting Professor in the Management Department at King's College, University of London and the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney as well as Adjunct Professor at QUT, Faculty of Education. He has authored 15 books and over 50 journal articles on qualitative research, ethnography and conversation analysis. He has supervised over 30 successful PhD students, three of whom are now full Professors.

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