- Track 1 – Handling Qualitative Data – Lyn Richards (April 7th)
Workshop Intro (Click to read)
Lyn will lead a session based on her brand new book - Handling Qualitative Data: A Practical Guide. The book fills the gap in a literature that emphasizes philosophy and goals of qualitative methods, but gives little advice about what you would actually do with data if you ever had any, what outcomes could be aimed for and when they would be good enough. Emphasis in this one day workshop is on the challenges for teachers in conveying what is traditionally seen as a craft, and the special challenges of teaching software skills within the teaching of methods.
The workshop is not a recitation of the book! - but rather about the new research skills that software brings and the ways of teaching them in the context of methodological instruction. It will be an interactive session on the challenge of learning what to do with data, and how to do it with software tools, and the sorts of tasks and processes that work along the way. It will include segments on
- introducing software within method, not as an add-on;
- keeping coding in its place(and the avoidance of coding traps);
- seeing and searching - with and without computer;
- group work and grouping ideas - avoiding alienation
- Track 2a – Using NVivo in literature review – Silvana di Gregorio (April 6th)
- Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials to this session. Silvana provides concrete examples of how NVivo can be used in lit review. Check out Silvana's Lit Review paper from the Strategies in Qualitative Research Conference, London, 2000. Go to SdG Associates and click on Training Tasters. The paper can be found in the bottom third of the page.
- Track 2b – NVivo Master Class
– Silvana di Gregorio (April 7th)
- Project Participants will have started a project in NVIVO and will be happy to have their project shown and discussed within the group. I will use examples from each project to illustrate issues to do with organising material in the software and analysis techniques. A maximum of 4 projects will be accepted. Participants will send a copy of the project to Silvana di Gregorio beforehand with a 1 page description of the project objectives and structure. They will also send an agenda of issues they would like covered (only selected issues will be covered from the agenda). The group should be considered a research group and each participant will sign a confidentiality agreement not to disclose, outside the group, any content that may emerge from the group discussion. The project itself will not be distributed to other members of the class but parts of the project will be displayed via a projector to the group.
Observer Participants will be more than mere observers as they will be encouraged to join in with their own observations on the projects. The philosophy behind this approach is that researchers can learn from the worked examples of other people's work. Observer Participants are required to have some training in the software package and ideally, should have started a project in the software or at least have played with some data in the software. The Master Class could also be used as a refresher for anyone who has had software training but has had a gap between training and working with their own project in the software.
- Track 3 – NVivo 2.0 Introduction – Lydia Martens (April 6th & 7th)
- Lydia is on the Faculty of the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Durham. She is also the conference organizer of the Strategies in Qualitative Research conference. Lydia will provide a structured introduction to using NVivo with project data she will provide.
- Track 4 – Transana 2.0 Introduction – David Woods & Chris Fassnacht (April 6th & 7th)
- The Transana training with David and Chris is called "Qualitative Video
Analysis in 4 Acts". Participants will learn the basics of using Transana,
and will have ample opporunity to work hands on with a research collection
available here at the Center. Participants are also welcome to bring their
own video data. Please check the Transana web site
(http://www.transana.org) for details on what media formats are supported -
MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 are a safe bet.
Pre-Conference 2-day tutorial fees (April 6th & 7th):
$375 ($187.50 for either of the one day tutorials)
Workshop fees include lunch for full day workshops, refreshments, and all instructional materials. All Tutorials run from 8:30am to 4:30pm.