The ethics of transcribing qualitative interviews

Transcription is fundamental to (most) qualitative research. The transcript is (usually) the actual thing you analyse as data, rather than the audio recording of an interview or focus group. And yet it’s curious how little attention it gets. I run a qual methods course and I barely mention it. I’ve done a quick online search... Continue Reading →

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Working with peer/community researchers in qualitative research

Anna Olsen and I have a book chapter in the new SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research Ethics. We draw on our experiences as university researchers using participatory research (PR) to work with community researchers in the field of sexual health to explore the specific ethical issues faced by PR with community/peer researchers. We highlight two... Continue Reading →

From culture shocked to fearless adventurer – introducing students to qualitative research

Over this past semester I've introduced about 250 postgraduate students to qualitative research. Last year it was about 200. Actually through running a postgraduate coursework program in qualitative health research for 5 years and teaching several qualitative methods courses for community researchers there have been quite a few over my relatively short teaching career. I’ve... Continue Reading →

How can ethics committees judge whether researchers are competent to conduct qualitative research?

[check out some more thoughts at the end of the post] I’ve just taught a session on ethics in qualitative research, part of an intensive course designed to give attendees an appreciation of the philosophical and ethical issues underlying research involving human participants. There was good representation from those who called themselves qual researchers, those... Continue Reading →

Putting my argument up front would have made my presentation better

I attended a workshop by Nick Hopwood on presenting qualitative research. It was full of tips and strategies - check out the storify - and useful frameworks; Hammersley’s framework for critical review of ethnography (reminding me again that I need to read Hammerlsey) and Kamler and Thompson’s framework for writing abstracts from their ‘Helping doctoral... Continue Reading →

Research into teaching: Identifying the attributes of a graduate ‘qualitative researcher’

My colleague Assoc Prof Stacy Carter and I have just been awarded Research into Teaching seed funding from the School of Public Health, University of Sydney to conduct a project “Identifying the attributes of a graduate ‘qualitative researcher'”. The seed funding will be matched by funds from the Qualitative Health Research program, and the project... Continue Reading →

Thinking about chlamydia management at Australian family planning clinics

Very pleased to be able to share the Chlamydia testing and management - FINAL REPORT. This is the outcome of a project that assessed chlamydia testing, contact management and re-testing practices of clinicians at Australian family planning clinics. The project was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grant, and run... Continue Reading →

Growing Up with Cancer self-portrait exhibition at Federation Square

This week the Growing Up with Cancer self-portraits are spending a week at Federation Square, Melbourne. This amazing venue gave the exhibition a whole new audience as school groups, tourists and lunching office workers made their way through the Fed Sq complex or to the Ian Potter Museum. Two of the artist-participants (with proud mums... Continue Reading →

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