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2012 AHRD Conference - Preconference Information

2012 AHRD International Research Conference in The Americas Preconference and Emerging Research Course Information

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Introduction to Qualitative Research

(1/2 Day Wednesday afternoon, 1 to 5 p.m.)

This half-day workshop is designed to acquaint new researchers with qualitative research methodology. Topics presented are the nature of qualitative research, types of qualitative research, how the literature review and the theoretical framework structures a qualitative study, drafting a qualitative research problem statement, sample selection, and data collection techniques in qualitative research with an emphasis on interviewing. If time allows, issues of validity and reliability in qualitative research will also be addressed.

Intensive Qualitative Data Analysis

(1/2 Day Thursday morning, 9 am – 1 pm)

Perhaps the most challenging aspect of conducting a qualitative study is data analysis. This half-day interactive workshop is devoted to qualitative data analysis. The instructor will first demonstrate the constant comparative method of data analysis followed by participants engaging in data analysis with various types of data supplied by the instructor. Poetic data analysis will also be demonstrated. The session concludes with the instructor, using data from a recent qualitative study, presenting a short overview of the process of designing, collecting and analyzing data to arrive at publishable findings.

About the Presenter

Sharan B. Merriam

Sharan B. Merriam is Professor Emeritus of Adult Education and Qualitative Research at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA, USA.   Merriam’s research and writing activities have focused on adult and lifelong learning and qualitative research methods.  For five years she was coeditor of Adult Education Quarterly, the major research and theory journal in adult education.  She has published 26 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is a four-time winner of the prestigious Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education for books published in 1982, 1997, 1999, and 2007. Her most recent books are The Jossey-Bass Reader on Contemporary Issues in Adult Education (2011), Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation (2009), Third Update on Adult Learning Theory (2008), Learning in Adulthood  (2007), and Non-Western Perspectives on Learning and Knowing  (2007).  She has been a Fulbright Scholar and a Senior Research Fel­low in Malaysia, and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at universities in South Korea and South Africa.

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