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:

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

Michael W. Firmin, Ph.D.

EQRC Conference Director


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 for details regarding the AABSS conference.

Thinking Qualitatively and Advances in Qualitative Methods Conferences


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

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


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


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.


TQ 2013 Workshop Series Organizers
International Institute for Qualitative Methodology

Tel: (780) 492-9041
Office: 5-217, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy

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.


Qualitative Data Analysis Web App

There are a number of useful qualitative data analysis software programs available today (HyperResearch, NVivo, and Atlas.ti are among them).  Reputable companies offer free trials, and I encourage you to test-drive these (costly) programs before purchasing one — to be sure it will do what your research requires. Here is an interesting alternative to standard QDA software programs: offers a web-based qualitative (and quantitative) data analysis web app.  The first month is free, and after that, there is a (modest) monthly charge.  Data are encrypted, and it is possible to collaborate (on data analysis) with other Dedoose app account holders.  I haven’t tried this one yet, but this might be worth a look!  — EdProf

Qualitative Research Resources

There are some amazing resources for qualitative researchers on the Internet.

Ron Chenail of Nova Southeastern University in Florida has maintained an informative and well managed online  learning site for qualitative researchers for many years.   For example, The Qualitative Report Community offers an impressive compilation of calls for papers, proposals and abstracts of interest to qualitative researchers.

Dr. Susan Hawes, a professor in the Clinical Psychology Department at Antioch University developed an impressive website for her graduate students.  See the Online Qualitative Research Resources Home Page for a listing of Qualitative Research megasites, journals, writing guidelines, and links to QDA (qualitative data analysis) software information.

St. Louis University hosts a lengthy compilation of Qualitative Research Journals.  The page hasn’t been updated in a couple of years, but as far as I know, all of the journals listed still accept qualitative research studies.

Qualitative research may, at times, seem like an exotic enterprise.  But given all the rich resources available, and the wonderful work underway and already published, I think “we” are going to be around for quite some time to come!  So — enjoy the lovely spring weather and be grateful for all the adventures you have had (and will have) as qualitative researchers.    –EdProf

The Qual Page

By way of highlighting some of the best online sources of information about qualitative research: The Qual Page is one of the enduring sites of information and expertise.  Originally founded by Judy Norris, and now managed by Judith Preissle at the University of Georgia, the Qual page provides access to a treasure trove of information.    Check it out!  — Ed Prof

The Qual Page at the University of Georgia.

Two Qualitative Research Conferences

Small conferences provide wonderful opportunities to present one’s work, learn about the work of others and new directions in the field, and make new friends.  Here are two qualitative research conferences scheduled for June — one in Ohio and the other in Minnesota — Check out their conference home pages!

14th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference  Cedarville University in Ohio is again hosting the EQR conference on ethnographic and qualitative research methods.  The conference will be held on June 1 & 2, 2012.  Deadline for submitting proposals was March 20.  More information and a printable announcement are available online.

The Midwestern Qualitative Research Conference will take place June 14-15, 2012.  Proposals are due April 13.  Sponsored by the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  For detailed information, see the conference website.




Qualitative Psychology Notes

The Qualitative Report — a longstanding, first-rate resource for the qualitative research community — reported that a qualitative research subgroup has formed and gained official status within the Division 5 of the American Psychological Association (APA).  I understand that Division 5 membership is available free for the first year.  Organizers are encouraging those with interests and expertise in qualitative research to join in order to shape this new, promising development in the field.  [You are not required to be an APA member in order to join Division 5, and joining this division does not confer membership in the APA.]

Here are some resources (books and magazine articles) available by way of a quick search of the American Psychological Association ( website:

APA Search Results

Happy hunting!  EdProf

New Home for Qualitative Research in Education

Greetings!  Welcome to the new home for Qualitative Research in Education — a website first established way  back on January 25, 1998.  Access to materials from the original site will be available through this blog, along with periodic updates on qualitative research-related news, projects, resources and events. My primary goal is to steer visitors toward many of the excellent sites already available in print and on the Internet. The blog will attend to qualitative research in education, and other fields (psychology, health sciences, and the social sciences).

I am grateful to the WordPress elves, who make it possible for folks like me to share timely information with interested others.  And thanks, as well, to all of the many teachers, colleagues and students who have helped me learn about qualitative research methods over the years.  There is so much to learn about this exciting enterprise called qualitative research.  Enjoy the adventure!  — Ed Prof