Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference Call

Please consider submitting a proposal for a paper presentation at the 30th Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC).  EQRC is sponsored this year by the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) College of Education.

The conference will be held on February 26-27, 2018 at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada with a special conference room rate of $59 per night (plus tax & fees).

The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 19th and papers will undergo juried review on a rolling basis, with prompt notifications of acceptance/rejection so that presenters can make early and economical travel arrangements.  All presented papers are eligible for submission to the Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research (www.jeqr.org) and all submitted papers will be peer-reviewed for potential publication.

Sunday afternoon pre-conference workshops are offered regarding ethnographic-based action research and increasing publications in peer-reviewed journals. There is no additional cost for participation at pre-conference workshops.  Also, a graduate-student colloquium will be held on Monday afternoon with a special emphasis on advancing graduate student scholarship.  Visit the website for details at www.EQRC.net

Michael W. Firmin, Ph.D.
EQRC Conference Director
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Cedarville University
Cedarville, Ohio

P.S.: EQRC this year will be held at the same hotel location and dates as the 21st Annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS) conference and the 2nd Annual Conference on Academic Research in Education (CARE). Although AABSS and CARE are independent of EQRC, if you desire to present multiple papers, then you may present one at EQRC and another at AABSS and/or CARE for the same registration fee. Please note that papers presented at AABSS must involve behavioral or social science and papers presented at CARE must be germane to education. See www.AABSS.net for details regarding the AABSS conference and www.CARE-Conference.net for details regarding the CARE conference. AABSS is sponsored by the UNLV College of Liberal Arts and EQRC is sponsored by the UNLV College of Education.

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13th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

The next ICQI meeting is scheduled for May 17 – 20, 2017 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The timely theme is “Qualitative Inquiry in the Public Sphere.”

For additional information, visit the ICQI Website  (http://icqi.org).

In Memoriam: Sari Knopp Biklen

Sad news from the American Educational Research Association Qualitative Research SIG.  Sari K. Biklen was the coauthor, with Robert C. Bicklen of a classic qualitative research textbook that went through five editions:  Qualitative Research for Education: An Introduction to Theories and Methods, published by Prentice Hall.  She also wrote A Practical Guide to the Qualitative Dissertation (with Ronnie Casella),2007;  School Work: Gender and the Cultural Construction of Teaching, 1994, and Changing Education: Women As Radicals and Conservators (with Joyce Antler), 1990, and many other exemplary works. She will be deeply missed by those who knew her and those who benefited from reading her work. Her Memorial appears below.  — Ed Prof

In Memoriam: Sari Knopp Biklen

Sari Knopp Biklen, Professor Emerita of Cultural Foundations of
Education and Women’s Studies, passed away on September 16, 2014.

“I know that I speak for all of her colleagues in expressing deep
sadness over Sari’s passing,” says Eric F. Spina, Syracuse University
vice chancellor and provost. “Her enthusiasm and contributions to this
University-and to generations of students-in teaching, scholarship,
and service, have been so valuable. The impact of her loss will be
felt not only by the School of Education, but by this entire academic
community and by alumni and friends across the country.”

Biklen, 68, retired from the School of Education in May 2014, after
thirty-eight years of service to Syracuse University. During her
tenure, she served as department chair of Cultural Foundations of
Education; was director of the Institute for Popular Culture, Media
Literacy and Education; and held a courtesy appointment in the
Sociology Department of the Maxwell School.

“Sari’s passing leaves us with a hole in our hearts but she has gifted
us with so much and her influence is deep,” says Barbara Applebaum,
professor and department chair of Cultural Foundations of Education.
“Under her guidance as department chair, the reputation of Cultural
Foundations of Education was enhanced across campus and nationally.
She was a caring friend and colleague and a compassionate mentor to
both students and faculty.”

A revered scholar, teacher, mentor, and adviser; Biklen was recognized
with many national and University accolades. She received the
Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Scholarship (2009), was
appointed a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching
Excellence (1999), and appointed a University Scholar by the American
Association of University Women (1999). She was the recipient of a
Syracuse University Outstanding Teacher Award (1996), the Willystine
Goodsell Award for scholarship and practice in gender and education
from the American Educational Research Association (1988), and was a
Rio Tinto-LaTrobe University Distinguished Visiting Fellow, in
Melbourne, Australia (1999).

Biklen specialized popular culture, qualitative research methods,
youth culture, and women’s studies. Her books include A Practical
Guide to the Qualitative Dissertation (with Ronnie Casella, Teachers
College Press, 2007), Qualitative Research for Education (with Robert
Bogdan; Allyn & Bacon, fifth edition, 2006), School Work: Gender and
the Cultural Construction of Teaching (Teachers College Press, 1995),
and Gender and Education (with Diane Pollard, National Society for the
Study of Education Yearbook, 1993). Her articles have appeared in
numerous journals including Teachers College Record, Qualitative
Inquiry, Phi Delta Kappan, and History of Education.

“Dr. Sari Knopp Biklen was my mentor, my teacher, and my friend. Her
unwavering belief in my ability to succeed laid a solid foundation for
my success in the academy,” says Cerri Banks ’00 G’04 G’05 G’06, Dean
of the College, Mount Holyoke College. “Sari led and taught by
example, challenging injustice through her scholarship and teaching,
and her commitment to equity, social justice, and education at the
highest levels of excellence was unwavering. This stance and her
advice and support gave me the courage to make brave decisions in our
profession and in life.”

Prior to her long career at Syracuse University, Biklen was Assistant
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Cazenovia College and
director of its Women’s Studies program. She also taught public school
at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Syracuse, NY; and
taught at Hiroshima Buddhist Women’s College and Motomachi High School
in Japan. She earned her Ed.D. and M.A. from the University of
Massachusetts School of Education in 1973, and a B.A. in English from
Earlham College in 1967.

She is survived by her partner in life, Dean Emeritus Doug Biklen
(School of Education), their children Noah (Naomi) and Molly (Jason),
and two granddaughters, Anika and Nora. In recent years, she and her
growing family enjoyed many cherished occasions at the Biklens’ new
home in rural Vermont.

2015 Qualitative Research SIG Outstanding Book Award

Call for Submissions

The Qualitative Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) invites nominations for Outstanding Book Award for significant contributions to methodology of qualitative educational research. The Qualitative Research SIG will also recognize the winner of this award during the 2015 annual meeting of AERA in Chicago, IL. Books published with 2013 or 2014 copyright date will be considered for this nomination as long as they were not previously submitted for this award. The book may have been published anywhere in the world, but for the purposes of consideration must be available in English.

Criteria for judging the merits of the books include the significance and timeliness of methodological issue(s) addressed, integrity and quality of the discussion of the methods used for an empirical study, and contribution of the book to the advancement of knowledge about an area in educational research that can benefit qualitative inquiry. Books that use qualitative methods but do not advance methodological issue(s), or theorization of methodology, or do not substantially address contemporary issues in educational research through advanced use of qualitative inquiry are not eligible for this award.

To be considered for this award, please submit 4 copies of each of the following:

  1. A submission abstract (no more than 200 words) that provides a full citation of the book, a rationale on how the book contributes to the field of qualitative methodology.
  2. Letter of nomination that includes a brief clarification of the purposes, scope and quality of the book, an explanation of how the book contributes to the field of qualitative methodology (theoretically/pedagogically) and a discussion about why it is deserving of this methodological award.
  3. A summary of the book, prepared by the nominator, that gives an overview of the book, a description of individual chapters, and a statement that provides a context for book’s place in the field of qualitative research.
  4. A table of contents from the book.
  5. One representative chapter from the book that best exemplifies the contribution of the book to qualitative inquiry.

Nominations may be submitted by the author of the work, another scholar, or by the publisher of the work. Membership of the SIG is not a requirement for the nominee or nominator but is strongly encouraged.

Nominations must be received by Monday, November 3, 2014. Late nominations or incomplete nominations will not be considered. Please send nominations electronically to Dr. Kathryn Roulston at roulston@uga.edu.

Award finalists will be contacted in early December 2014 and may be asked to advise their publishers to supply 4 copies of the book to distribute to the committee for further consideration.

Please address inquiries to:

Dr. Kathryn Roulston
Qualitative Research Program
Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy
University of Georgia
308 River’s Crossing
850 College Station Road
Athens GA 30605
USA

email roulston@uga.edu

Qualitative SIG Book Award 2015

Ethnography Forum 2015 – Call for Proposals

Dear all,

Please consider submitting a proposal to the upcoming Ethnography Forum at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. This year’s theme is Inequality, Poverty, and Education: An Ethnographic Invitation (www.gse.upenn.edu/cue/forum). The second day of the conference is dedicated to Practitioner Research, so please extend this invite to educators and practicing teachers in your networks.

Attached please find the Call for Proposals for University of Pennsylvania’s 36th Annual Ethnography in Education Forum. Please share this call with your respective organizations and encourage educators and practicing teachers in your networks to submit a teacher research proposal for Practitioner Research Day, Saturday, February 28, 2015. Proposals are due Oct. 1, 2014 (www.conftool.com/forum2015).
Thank you in advance for sharing the call!

Regards,

Rachel Skrlac Lo
Practitioner Research Day Coordinator
Doctoral Candidate
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

2015 Proposal Guidelines

(From the AERA Media and Culture SIG list)

Free Software for Analyzing Video

I have no experience with this software, but a colleague of mine suggested that it could be very helpful to those interested in analyzing (behavioral coding) video files!  Here is the information forwarded to me  — Jan

datavyu

Dear Colleague,

If you don’t already know about Datavyu, it’s a free and open source software tool for scoring video. It was developed by and for developmental scientists to flexibly and powerfully code observations from video data for analysis. Datavyu evolved from OpenSHAPA and the earlier MacSHAPA tool.

I am thrilled to announce that we have just released Datavyu 1.1 and published a complete Datavyu User Guide. Datavyu 1.1 contains a number of major bug fixes, user interface changes, and enhancements to increase the functionality of the software. You can download Datavyu 1.1 on our website, and get our source code on github.

Our user guide outlines everything you will need to know to become an expert Datavyu user. It comes complete with video walk-throughs, instructions for the Datavyu Ruby API scripting interface, and a sample script library. It also provides installation instructions, descriptions of software components, and in-depth tutorials for the most common operations.

Datavyu supersedes MacSHAPA and OpenSHAPA—if you’ve used either of these tools, it will be very easy to transition to Datavyu. OpenSHAPA files can be opened directly and seamlessly in Datavyu. MacSHAPA files can be easily converted with a simple Ruby script. More information on this can be found here.

Keep an eye out for the forthcoming Best Practices in Behavioral Coding that will provide advice on how to explore and code your data in the most optimal way.

We hope that you will try Datavyu 1.1 for scoring your data and see how it can help you experience the richness of behavior. If you need any help using Datavyu please visit our Support Forum, which is monitored daily by expert Datavyu users.

Sincerely,

Karen Adolph and The Datavyu Team

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Datavyu
196 Mercer Street, Suite 807
New York, NY 10012
Office: 212-998-5536
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The 3rd Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research

The 3rd Global Congress for Qualitative Health Research will be held in Khon Kaen, Thailand, December 4-6, 2013.  Information: http://nu.kku.ac.th/gcqhr2013/

Kindly help us by circulating this email to interested colleagues and students.

We look forward to meeting you there!

Jan Morse, Editor, Qualitative Health Research

Call for Proposals, EQRC

Please consider submitting a proposal for a paper presentation at the 26th Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC)

The conference will be held on February 10 – 11, 2014 at the Flamingo Hotel in  Las Vegas, Nevada with a special conference room rate of $49 per night (plus tax).

The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 16th and papers will undergo juried review on a rolling basis, with prompt notifications of acceptance/rejection so that presenters can make early and economical travel arrangements.

All presented papers are eligible for submission to the Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research (JEQR), being peer-reviewed for potential publication.

Visit the website for details at www.EQRC.net

Michael W. Firmin, Ph.D.

EQRC Conference Director

 PS

EQRC this year will be held at the same hotel location and dates as the 17th Annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences (AABSS) conference.  Although the EQRC is independent of AABSS, if you desire to present two (2) papers, then you may present one at EQRC and another at AABSS for the same registration fee.  See www.AABSS.net for details regarding the AABSS conference.

Thinking Qualitatively and Advances in Qualitative Methods Conferences

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 2, 2013

13th Annual Thinking Qualitatively Workshop Series

June 17 – 20, 2013
ECHA, University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB

For More Information and To Submit Abstract
Click HERE
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Dr. Sally Thorne

This four day interdisciplinary educational series has been held annually for over a decade now and is aimed at participants from all academic disciplines and for individuals at all stages of their research career. Individuals conducting research in universities and colleges and/or professional settings (e.g., libraries; hospitals; government agencies) are welcome to attend.

TQ allows participants to engage with experts in qualitative inquiry and learn about specific methods, techniques and approaches to qualitative research.

The academic program consists of four days of hands-on workshops that include such topics as:
• Introduction to Qualitative Methods
• Grounded Theory
• Interpretive Description
• Phenomenology
• Ethnography
• Narrative Inquiry
• Mixed Methods
• Focus Groups
• Interviewing
• Software Workshops: NVivo, ATLAS.ti and other programs
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TQ & AQM TOGETHER!

TQ 2013 will be held in conjunction with the 12th Advances in Qualitative Methods (AQM) Conference. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend both events in one week!

For more information on AQM 2013 please click HERE

IIQM PRESS RELEASE:

The International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) is pleased to announce that the International Journal of Qualitative Methods (IJQM) has been accepted for indexing in Web of Science

SM, a comprehensive database that provides coverage of the world’s most important and influential journals. Each year over 2,000 journal titles are considered for inclusion inWeb of ScienceSM, and only 10-12% of the journals evaluated are accepted. The inclusion of IJQM in Journal Citation Reports®, Social Sciences Citation Index®, and Current Contents® demonstrates our dedication to providing the most relevant and influential qualitative methods research to our readership.

Regards,

TQ 2013 Workshop Series Organizers
International Institute for Qualitative Methodology

Tel: (780) 492-9041
Office: 5-217, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
qualitative.institute@ualberta.ca
www.iiqm.ualberta.ca

Interview Question Design Tips

There are many excellent books about qualitative research design.  These are especially valuable for those who are working without access to a mentor.  Even for those who have had classes, read books and worked with mentors, when it comes to actually designing a study, it is easy to forget some of the finer points.  This can lead to research designs (for example, interview questions) that need improvement.  As a grad student, I had the great good fortune to work with several first-rate teachers of qualitative research — Steven J. Taylor, Marion Lundy Dobbert, Gary Allen Fine, and Michael Quinn Patton.  Each generation of scholars and researchers must learn anew.  So, I pass their legacy along as I am able.

In the interest of brevity, from time to time, I will pass along a couple of “tips and tricks” to keep in mind when designing qualitative studies.  In this post, I offer three tips for avoiding design errors that can undermine the quality of your interview questions.  The media environment may tilt us all toward formulating suboptimal and problematic interview questions.  We hear a LOT of journalists posing questions that are fine for journalism, but not for social science.

Today’s tips:

Avoid “DOUBLE-BARRELED” questions.  (Asking two questions rolled into one.)  Example: “What jobs did you do at home and how did you feel about them?”  Too complicated to answer!  It can also be hard to analyze answers because in some cases, you might not be able to tell which question the interviewee is referencing in their reply.

Avoid LEADING questions.  Note that the question above is also a LEADING question.  It introduces the term “jobs” into the conversation about home life, therefore “leading” the interviewee to (perhaps) narrow her focus to a particular domain or way of thinking about her experiences.  It also assumes that we have all had “jobs” (and also that we think of certain kinds of activities as such).

And finally, avoid WHY questions.  This is because we never really know why.  Therefore, when asked, we tend to just make something up to be polite.  Again, it is just too complicated!  Better to employ that trusty tactic — “Tell me more about that…” after the interviewee “spontaneously” introduces a term or an experience that is relevant to the research question.

There you are — a few things to ponder as you (hopefully, also) enjoy the joys of the summer season.

–EdProf