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This workshop aims to familiarize students with qualitative research. Taking the qualitative research cycle as its point of departure, the workshop focuses on enhancing students’ knowledge of (a) the qualitative research design, (b) collecting qualitative data, (c) analyzing qualitative data, and (d) writing a qualitative research report. Students will also learn about reliability and validity, ethical matters, and research planning in qualitative projects. In addition, the workshop aims to enable students to learn from each other and each other’s experiences through both one on one and plenary discussions.

The day starts with introductions, where we will briefly discuss participants’ (PhD) topics, their experience with qualitative research and their expectations of the workshop. Next, we introduce the qualitative research cycle, address the differences between deductive and inductive approaches, and discuss some of the reasons why one might want to conduct qualitative research (possibly in addition to conducting quantitative studies). After this introductory lecture, we discuss the different components of qualitative research: data collection, data analysis, and reliability and validity. Lectures on these topics are alternated with assignments and discussions (e.g., asking participants to draft the sampling strategy of their own (potential) qualitative project, giving participants the opportunity to practice with drafting their own topic list, practicing with reflexivity and discuss these both in pairs and with the entire group). Finally, we address ethical matters and research planning. We also pay attention to how to write a qualitative research report. Any remaining issues can be addressed during the closing discussion.

Lecturers: Jessie Pool and Lisa Ansems

13:00 – 13:30             Introduction and research questions
13:30 – 14.00             Research participants & sampling (incl. small assignment)
14.00 – 15.00             Interview structures & topic list (incl. bigger assignment)
15.00 – 15.30             Break
15.30 – 16.00             Data analysis
16.00 – 16.30             Validity, ethical matters and research planning (incl. small assignment)
16.30 – 16.45             Writing the research report
16.45 – 17.00             Closing discussion

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