Planning and Designing a Qualitative Study
|Social Research Association|
Professor Karen O'Reilly
Online using Zoom
This live online course explores understanding the planning and preparation for qualitative research, and uses Zoom software. (Foundation Course)
By the end of the course participants should:
Anyone starting out in qualitative research, or taking a course in qualitative methods (eg. interviewing, ethnography, creative methods, narrative, or focus groups) would be advised to take this Foundations in Qualitative Research course as it provides an invaluable basis for future practice. It is also designed to support those who need to know what to look for when commissioning good quality research. It is suitable for participants with very little or no experience of qualitative research but also can be of benefit for those wishing to brush-up their skills or enhance their understanding of the qualitative paradigm. It works better if participants have a specific research project or set of projects in mind. Participants come from diverse academic and policy backgrounds and very diverse topic areas.
Karen O'Reilly is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Loughborough University and a Freelance Researcher. She has taught ethnographic and qualitative methods for over 25 years, including the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Collection and Analysis, the Swiss Summer School in Social Science Methods, in Lugano; at the Universities of Aberdeen, Essex, Loughborough and Oxford; and in Germany, Norway and Hong Kong. Her experience also includes being a Member of the Advisory Board of the NCRM biannual Research Methods Festival 2011-2012; and a member of the ESRC Peer Review College 2012 – 2016.
Karen is a highly experienced ethnographer whose many publications include two widely cited books on ethnography: Ethnographic Methods (Routledge, 2nd ed. 2012) and Key Concepts in Ethnography (Sage, 2009). She has also been instrumental in the design and evaluation of Masters level Research Methods courses and programmes in a number of universities. Karen provides short courses for the SRA on a regular basis.
Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
£220.00 - SRA members pay £165.00
Website and registration
Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis
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