Summer School and individual workshops
Qualitative Research International Summer School

About this course

  • Entry year: 2013/14
  • Course code: Z51000033
  • Award type: Summer School and individual workshops
  • Applications: University
  • Level: Professional/Short Course
  • Department: Health and Social Sciences
  • Campus: Frenchay
  • Programme leader: Victoria Clarke
  • Key fact: There will be 3 or 4 parallel workshops running on each day, you can select the workshops that best suit your needs.

Introduction

The Qualitative Research International Summer School includes workshops on qualitative research from start to finish theoretical foundations, design, methods of data collection and analysis, quality, communicating findings.

Lead tutors: Virginia Braun (University of Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand) and Victoria Clarke (UWE); authors of Successful Qualitative Research and Using Thematic Analysis in Psychology.

Opening and closing keynote addresses will be given by Professor Brendan Gough and Professor Lucy Yardley.

The following options are available:

  • Introduction to Qualitative Research one day workshop
  • Introduction to Action Research one day workshop
  • Introduction to Narrative Research one day workshop
  • Introduction to Qualitative Interviewing one day workshop
  • Introduction to Focus Groups one day workshop
  • Introduction to Grounded Theory one day workshop
  • Introduction to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Master class two day workshop
  • Thematic Analysis Master class two day workshop
  • Introduction to Conversation Analysis one day workshop
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis one day workshop
  • Communicating Qualitative Research one day workshop
  • Quality and Rigor in Qualitative Research one day workshop
  • Introduction to Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis one day workshop

Course content

You can book a place for as many single individual workshops as you would like to attend just go to the prices and dates tab and click on the link to our online  store and chose any of the options from the online store.  For the full week you will be asked to select from the parallel  workshop options you wish to attend.

Please find more detailed information on each workshop below:

Monday 28 July: Starting Qualitative Research. Workshops on:

Option 1
Introduction to Qualitative Research

Aims
This workshop will introduce participants to the core concepts and assumptions of qualitative research. The workshop aims to provide participants with a clear roadmap for navigating the often complex terrain of qualitative research and to support them in conducting qualitative research from a position of competence and confidence.

The Participants
The workshop will be equally appropriate to individuals undertaking postgraduate study and experienced researchers new to qualitative research. The workshop will also be useful for individuals working in a variety of settings who wish to develop and improve their understanding of qualitative research. The workshop is aimed at participants with limited knowledge or experience of qualitative research.

The Course Leader
Adrian Coyle (Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Surrey) is the author of numerous papers on qualitative psychology and is a key advocate of qualitative research within psychology. Adrian is co-editor of Qualitative Data Analysis in Psychology (Sage), and has supervised over 80 Professional Doctorates and PhDs and co-authored numerous qualitative research papers with doctoral students.

Workshop Structure and Content
The workshop will incorporate the Qualitative Research International Summer School opening keynote address by Professor Brendan Gough.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The workshop will include lecture content, practical activities and small group work, with lots of opportunities to seek the advice of the facilitator.


Option 2
Introduction to Action Research

Aims
This workshop aims to introduce participants to the basics of action research, focusing both on the assumptions underpinning action research and on the practicalities of undertaking action research.

The Participants
The workshop will be equally appropriate to individuals undertaking postgraduate study and experienced researchers new to action research. The workshop will also be useful for individuals working in a variety of settings who wish to develop a new approach for supporting learning and change or enhancing the effectiveness of their service. The programme is aimed at participants with little or no knowledge or experience of action research.

The Course Leaders
Members of the Action Research and Participatory Practice (ARPP) group at UWE. Members of the ARPP are skilled participatory practitioners with extensive experience of using various forms of action research in partnership with a wide range of public and third sector organisations.

Workshop Structure and Content
The workshop will incorporate the Qualitative Research International Summer School opening keynote address by Professor Brendan Gough.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The workshop will include lecture content, practical activities and small group work, with lots of opportunities to seek the advice of the facilitators.

Option 3
Introduction to Narrative Research

Aims
The workshop will provide participants with an introduction to narrative research, a family of qualitative methods for making sense of 'storied' data. The workshop will provide an overview of the key assumptions and distinctive features of narrative research and support participants in developing 'craft skills' in narrative analysis.

The Participants
The workshop will be equally appropriate to individuals undertaking postgraduate study and experienced researchers new to narrative research. The workshop is aimed at participants with little or no knowledge or experience of narrative research.

The Course Leader
Brett Smith (Reader, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University) is co-author of Qualitative Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health (Routledge) and author of numerous papers on narrative inquiry.

Workshop Structure and Content
The workshop will incorporate the Qualitative Research International Summer School opening keynote address by Professor Brendan Gough.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The workshop will include lecture content, practical activities and small group work, with lots of opportunities to seek the advice of the facilitator.

Tuesday 29 July: Collecting Qualitative Data. Workshops on:

Option 1
Qualitative Interviewing

Aims
This workshop aims to introduce participants to interviewing as a data collection tool for qualitative research and equip them with practical skills in designing and conducting interviews. Participants will be introduced to a generic approach to qualitative interviewing (interviewing as a 'professional conversation"), which can be adapted according to the requirements of specific approaches to qualitative interviewing (such as narrative interviewing and active interviewing). The workshop will cover all the basics of qualitative interviewing in psychology and the social sciences, including when and why to use interviews, what makes a good interview and interviewer, designing interview schedules, asking appropriate questions, and getting people to talk. It will provide participants with a number of opportunities for conducting practice interviews and for reflecting on their interview technique. The workshop aims to 'get beyond" a textbook approach to teaching and learning about interviewing and will emphasise the 'messy" reality of interviewing in qualitative research. Throughout the workshop we will emphasise the active role of the researcher in, and the importance of a reflexive approach to, interview research.

The Participants
The workshop will be equally appropriate to individuals undertaking postgraduate study and experienced researchers new to qualitative interviewing. The workshop will also be useful for individuals working in a variety of settings who wish to develop and improve their interviewing techniques. The programme is aimed at participants with little or no knowledge or experience of qualitative interviewing.

The Course Leaders
Experienced qualitative interviewers from the Department of Health and Social Sciences at UWE.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The workshop will include some short lecture content, but most of the day is focused on practical activities and small group work, with lots of opportunities to seek the advice of the facilitators.

Option 2
Introduction to Focus Groups

Aims
This workshop aims to introduce participants to focus groups as a data collection tool for qualitative research and equip them with practical skills in designing and conducting focus groups. It will cover all the basics of focus group research in psychology and the social sciences, including when and why to use focus groups, what makes a good focus group and focus group moderator, and designing effective focus group schedules. We will explore the dynamics of focus groups and the role of the moderator within focus groups and how this differs from the role of the interviewer in qualitative interviews, as well as exploring more practical and technical issues such as asking appropriate questions, getting people to talk, group composition and managing difficult participants. The workshop aims to 'get beyond" a textbook approach to teaching and learning about focus groups and will emphasise the 'messy" reality of focus groups in qualitative research. Participants will be given opportunities to develop skills in focus group moderation and to reflect on their moderation 'style". Throughout the workshop we will emphasise the active role of the researcher in focus group research.

The Participants
The workshop will be equally appropriate to individuals undertaking postgraduate study and experienced researchers new to focus groups. The workshop will also be useful for individuals working in a variety of settings who wish to develop and improve their focus group techniques. The programme is aimed at participants with little or no knowledge or experience of focus groups.

The Course Leaders
Experienced focus group researchers from the Department of Health and Social Sciences at UWE.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The workshop will include some short lecture content, but most of the day is focused on practical activities and small group work, with lots of opportunities to seek the advice of the facilitators.

Option 3
Introduction to Grounded Theory

Aims
This workshop aims to introduce participants to Grounded Theory as an analytic method for qualitative research and equip them with practical skills in analysing qualitative data using Grounded Theory. It will cover all the basics of Grounded Theory research in psychology and the social sciences, including when and why to use Grounded Theory, the different versions Grounded Theory that have developed since the US sociologists Glaser and Strauss first introduced the constant comparative method/Grounded Theory in the 1960s, and what constitutes a 'grounded theory". The workshop aims to 'get beyond" a textbook approach to teaching and learning about qualitative methods and will emphasise the 'messy" reality of qualitative research. Participants will be given hands on experience of using GroundedTheory methods: initial coding and categorisation of data; concurrent data collection and analysis; writing memos; theoretical sampling; constant comparison analysis; theoretical sensitivity; developing a core category; theoretical saturation and theoretical integration. Throughout the workshop we will emphasise the importance of a reflexive approach to Grounded Theory research; we will be following Kathy Charmaz"s constructivist model and so will be considering how the interaction between the researcher and the participant impacts on the data and the meanings that the researcher develops from the data.

The Participants
The workshop will be equally appropriate to individuals undertaking postgraduate study and experienced researchers new to Grounded Theory. The workshop will also be useful for individuals working in a variety of settings who wish to develop and improve their skills in qualitative data analysis. The programme is aimed at participants with little or no knowledge or experience of Grounded Theory.

The Course Leader
Andrea Halewood (UWE) is a counselling psychologist and an experienced supervisor of postgraduate qualitative and particularly, Grounded Theory research.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The workshop will include some short lecture content, but most of the day is focused on practical demonstrations and activities and small group work, with lots of opportunities to seek the advice of the facilitator.


Wednesday 30 to Thursday 31 July

Option 1
Introduction to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis 2-day 'Master Class'

Aims
This workshop provides a detailed introduction to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) as a method for analysing qualitative data. Participants will be guided through Smith, Flowers and Larkin"s (2009) six-step approach to IPA, using qualitative data from IPA research. We will locate IPA in relation to other methods of qualitative data analysis and highlight the unique strengths of IPA for experiential qualitative research. The workshop will explore the theoretical foundations of IPA as well as each step in the analytic process. We will engage in a number of practical coding and theme development tasks, including an exploration of different types of coding (descriptive, conceptual and linguistic), and the process of developing our initial notes and emergent themes into a coherent set of 'super-ordinate" themes.

The Participants
The workshop will be equally appropriate to individuals undertaking postgraduate study and experienced researchers new to IPA. Because IPA is one of the most accessible qualitative analytic methods, the workshop will also be useful for individuals working in a variety of settings who wish to develop and improve their skills in analysing qualitative data. The programme is aimed at participants with little or no knowledge or experience of IPA in particular and qualitative analysis in general.

The Course Leaders
Leah Tomkins, author of numerous papers on IPA, and Johanna Spiers, currently completing her PhD research supervised by Professor Jonathan Smith.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The workshop will include some lecture content, but most of the workshop is focused on practical activities and small group work, with lots of opportunities to seek the advice of the facilitators.

Option 2
Thematic Analysis 2-day 'Master Class'

Aims
This 2 day workshop will provide a thorough grounding in Thematic Analysis (TA) as a method for analysing qualitative data. Participants will be guided through Braun and Clarke's (2006) approach to TA, using qualitative data drawn from research conducted within the Department of Health and Social Sciences at UWE and the Department of Psychology at The University of Auckland.

The workshop starts with a discussion of the many questions of thematic analysis. We will then explore each phase in the analytic process starting with 'familiarising ourselves with data' and 'generating initial codes'. We will consider different types of code (semantic and latent), and the assumptions and standpoints that we as researchers bring to the analytic process.

Participants will be invited to engage in various individual and group coding tasks. We will then focus on how we develop our codes and initial themes into a coherent and convincing story about, or interpretation of, a data-set. We will attempt to pin down what interpretative analysis actually entails and the types of questions we should be asking ourselves in the latter phases of analysis.

We will explore different approaches to, and varieties of, TA (such as essentialist vs. constructionist TA) and the relationship between TA and other analytic approaches. Finally, we will highlight and demonstrate good and bad practices in TA.

The Participants
The workshop will be equally appropriate to individuals undertaking postgraduate study and experienced researchers new to qualitative analysis. This workshop is also suitable for people working in a range of (private, public and third sector) settings seeking to develop skills in the analysis of qualitative data. The programme is aimed at participants with little or no knowledge or experience of TA in particular and qualitative analysis in general.

The Course Leaders
Victoria Clarke (Associate Professor in Sexuality Studies, Department of Health and Social Sciences, UWE) and Virginia Braun (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Auckland) authors of Successful Qualitative Research and, the most widely cited resource on TA, Using Thematic Analysis in Psychology.

Teaching and Learning Methods
There will be lecture content on each day of the workshop, but most of each of the two days will be focused on practical activities and small group work, with lots of opportunities to seek the advice of the facilitators.

Wednesday 30 July

Option 3
Introduction to Conversation Analysis

Aims
This workshop aims to introduce participants to Conversation Analysis (CA) as an analytic method for qualitative research and equip them with practical skills in using CA to analyse qualitative data. The workshop aims to provide a hands-on introduction to analysing qualitative data using CA.

The workshop will begin with a 'whistlestop tour' of the theoretical underpinnings and analytic tools upon which CA is based. This will involve a brief introduction to the disciplinary and epistemological roots of CA, which will be followed by an introduction to the key features of interaction as defined by CA. The latter will be illustrated with reference to data extracts. Using audio-recordings and transcripts of naturally-occurring data (e.g. emergency calls to 999/911 numbers and casual conversation). The session will, in the main, comprise hands-on work in the form of analytical exercises and systematic analyses of transcribed phone calls. This workshop will provide a solid foundation for further learning and/or advanced training in CA.

The Participants
The workshop will be equally appropriate to individuals undertaking postgraduate study and experienced researchers new to CA. The programme is aimed at participants with little or no knowledge or experience of CA.

The Course Leader
Sonja Ellis is an experienced qualitative researcher with expertise in CA research.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The workshop will include some short lecture content, but most of the day is focused on practical demonstrations and activities and small group work, with lots of opportunities to seek the advice of the facilitator.


Thursday 31 July

Introduction to Discourse Analysis

Aims
This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of discourse analysis, and specifically discursive psychology, as an analytic methodology for qualitative research. The workshop will cover both theoretical and practical issues, and will guide participants through the process of doing a discursive analysis, to enable participants to get to grips with, and feel confident in, discursively analysing qualitative data. This workshop starts with a discussion of the theoretical foundations of discourse analysis, particularly discursive psychology, and how discourse analysis relates to other forms of qualitative analysis (e.g. IPA, TA or Grounded Theory), as well as when and why it is appropriate to use a discourse analysis. This will be followed by a series of interactive sessions, in which we focus on how to approach and analyse data from a discursive psychology perspective. Finally, we will end the day with a discussion of how this kind of analysis could be useful to, or taken forward to, participants" own research contexts. This workshop will provide a solid foundation for further learning and/or advanced training in discourse analysis and discursive psychology.

The Participants
The workshop will be useful for individuals working in a variety of research contexts who wish to developskills in discursively analysing qualitative data. The workshop will be equally appropriate to individuals undertaking postgraduate study and experienced researchers new to discourse analysis. The workshop is aimed at participants with little or no knowledge or experience of discourse analysis.

The Course Leader
Sally Wiggins (Senior Lecturer, School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde) is director of POLLEN (Psychology of Learning Lecturers" Network), co-editor of Critical Bodies (Palgrave) and Discursive Research in Practice (Cambridge University Press), and author of many papers on discourse analysis and discursive psychology.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The workshop will include some short lecture content, but most of the day is focused on practical activities and small group work, with lots of opportunities to seek the advice of the facilitator.


Friday 1 August: Finishing Qualitative Research. Workshops on:

Option 1
Communicating qualitative research

Aims
This workshop aims to support participants in developing practical skills in effectively communicating the results of qualitative research. The workshop will cover a variety of formats (theses, journal articles, presentations) for disseminating qualitative research.We will identify, and provide examples of, good and bad practice in communicating qualitative research.

The Participants
The workshop will be equally appropriate to individuals undertaking postgraduate study and experienced researchers new to qualitative research. The workshop will also be useful for individuals working in a variety of settings who wish to develop and improve their skills in communicating the results of qualitative research. The programme is aimed at participants with limited experience of disseminating qualitative research.

The Course Leaders
Hannah Frith (Principle Lecturer, School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton) is leader of the Culture, Identity and Society Research Cluster at the University of Brighton, co-editor of Critical Bodies (Palgrave) and author of numbers qualitative research papers on visual methods, the social construction of identities, and body image and disfigurement. Kate Gleeson (School of Psychology, University of Surrey) is the Research Director of the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey and author of numerous qualitative research papers.

Workshop Structure and Content
The workshop will incorporate the Qualitative Research International Summer School closing keynote address by Professor Lucy Yardley.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The workshop will include some lecture content, but most of the day is focused on group discussions and small group work, with lots of opportunities to seek the advice of the facilitators.

Option 2
Quality and rigor in qualitative research.

Aims
This workshop aims to provide participants with practical skills in producing their own high quality qualitative research and in critiquing and evaluating qualitative research more broadly. The workshop will emphasise the active role of the research in qualitative research and the importance of a reflexive approach.

We will discuss the practical need to evaluate qualitative research (Should this doctorate be awarded? Should this paper be published?) and highlight reflexivity as a central feature of quality control in qualitative research and explore good and bad practices in reflexivity. Participants will be supported in developing the skills necessary to be reflective and reflexive qualitative researchers. Quality techniques and strategies specific to qualitative research will be examined and participants will be guided in developing practical skills in critically evaluating qualitative research.

The Participants
The workshop will be equally appropriate to individuals undertaking postgraduate study and experienced researchers new to qualitative research. This workshop is also suitable for people working in a range of (private, public and third sector) settings seeking to develop their qualitative research skills. The programme is aimed at participants with little or no knowledge or experience of qualitative research.

The Course Leaders
Qualitative research experts from the Department of Health and Social Sciences at UWE.

Workshop Structure and Content
The workshop will incorporate the Qualitative Research International Summer School closing keynote address by Professor Lucy Yardley.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The workshop will include some lecture content, but most of the day is focused on group discussions and small group work, with lots of opportunities to seek the advice of the facilitators.

Option 3
Introduction to Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS)

Aims
This workshop will provide ageneral introduction to computer-assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS). The workshop will explain how in general - software packages work and the differences between the various packages available. We will provide an illustration of how particular types of analysis might be undertaken in different software tools focusing on the analytic approaches covered in the Summer School.

The Participants
The workshop will be equally appropriate to individuals undertaking postgraduate study and experienced researchers new to CAQDAS. This workshop is also suitable for people working in a range of (private, public and third sector) settings seeking to develop skills in the analysis of qualitative data. The programme is aimed at participants with little or no knowledge or experience of CAQDAS.

The Course Leader
Christina Silver (Department of Sociology, University of Surrey) is the manager of the CAQDAS Networking Project. Christina is the co-author of Using Software in Qualitative Research and author of numerous papers on CAQDAS.

Workshop Structure and Content
The workshop will incorporate the Qualitative Research International Summer School closing keynote address by Professor Lucy Yardley.

Teaching and Learning Methods
The workshop will include lecture content and small group work, with lots of opportunities to seek the advice of the facilitator.

Confirmed tutors:

  • Virginia Braun, The University of Auckland, co-author of Using Thematic Analysis in Psychology and Successful Qualitative Research.
  • Victoria Clarke, UWE, co-author of Using Thematic Analysis in Psychology and Successful Qualitative Research.
  • Adrian Coyle, University of Surrey, editor of Analysing Qualitative Data in Psychology and author of numerous papers on qualitative research.
  • Sonja Ellis, Sheffield Hallam University, author of LGBTQ Psychology and numerous papers using qualitative analytic approaches.
  • Hannah Frith, the University of Brighton, co-editor of Critical Bodies (Palgrave) and author of numerous papers on visual methods, the social construction of identities, and body image and disfigurement.
  • Kate Gleeson, University of Surrey, Research Director of the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
  • Debra Gray, University of Winchester, author of several papers on race and authoritarianism, national identity in post-Apartheid South Africa, and on the social and community aspects of HIV and sexual health.
  • Andrea Halewood, UWE, a relational practitioner and an experienced supervisor of postgraduate student qualitative research, particularly, Grounded Theory research.
  • Nikki Hayfield, UWE, author of several papers on bisexual women"s visual identities and LGBT appearance and embodiment.
  • Christina Silver, University of Surrey, co-author of Using Software in Qualitative Research and the CAQDAS Networking Project Manager.
  • Brett Smith, Loughborough University, author of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciencesand numerous papers on narrative inquiry.
  • Gareth Terry, The Open University, author of numerous papers on masculine identity, heterosexuality and body hair practices.
  • Irmgard Tischner, UWE, author of Fat Lives and numerous papers using discursive and critical psychological approaches.Leah Tomkins, University of Middlesex, author of numerous papers on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
  • Sally Wiggins, University of Strathclyde, editor of Discursive Research in Practice and author of numerous papers on Discourse Analysis and Discursive Psychology.

Special Features

Prices and dates

Fees

Early Bird Fees*
(ends 31 May 2014)

Full week (Monday - Friday)
External: £600
QMiP: £500
UWE: £400

Individual stand-alone workshops (one day)
External: £150
QMiP: £125
UWE: £100

Individual stand-alone workshops (two day)
External: £250
QMiP: £225
UWE: £175

*The fees include tuition, lunch and refreshments

Please read our Terms and Conditions

Accommodation

Accommodation at the Frenchay student village can also be booked using on the online store

Options available:

Bed (no breakfast) £36 per night
Bed and breakfast £41 per night
Bed and breakfast and evening meal £59 per night

How to apply

Week long Summer School

To book the full summer school (Monday 28 July - Friday 1 August 2014)
please use the online store UWE only online store and Members of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) online store

(You will chose your workshop preferences during the online store booking process. If your organisation needs to pay by invoice please follow online store link to invoice application)

Individual stand-alone workshops

To book individual, stand-alone, one or two day workshops please select your individual or two day options via the online store

(UWE staff and students please select UWE only options and BPS members please select QMiP only options)

The following options are available:

Monday 28 July 2014
Introduction to Qualitative Research one day workshop
Introduction to Action Research one day workshop
Introduction to Narrative Research one day workshop

Tuesday 29 July 2014
Introduction to Qualitative Interviewing one day workshop
Introduction to Focus Groups one day workshop
Introduction to Grounded Theory one day workshop

Wednesday 30 July 2014
Introduction to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Master class two workshop (30-31 July)
Thematic Analysis Master class two day workshop (30-31 July)
Introduction to Conversation Analysis one day workshop

Thursday 31 July 2014
Introduction to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Master class continues (30-31 July)Thematic Analysis Master class continues (30-31 July)
Introduction to Discourse Analysis one day workshop

Friday 1 August 2014
Communicating Qualitative Research one day workshop
Quality and Rigor in Qualitative Research one day workshop
Introduction to Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis one day workshop

Places will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

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For enquires relating to course content and suitability for you, and to receive further information, please contact: Victoria.Clarke@uwe.ac.uk or Nikki2.Hayfield@uwe.ac.uk

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