Advanced Qualitative Methods
- Start date:
- 24 May 2023
- Attendance dates:
24 May 2023
- Time commitment:
- 1 day
- Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
- Contact details:
- Nita Walker
- Administrative Officer, Short Courses
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- Dr Jill Timms
- Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Winchester
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This course moves beyond the basics of qualitative methodology, to consider a number of advanced methods for collecting data – namely object, elite and mobile interviewing. The training will focus on the importance of methods design and fit; ethical considerations; implementation skills; overcoming challenges; and implications of the method for analysis and presenting results. Three main advance methods will be focused on, but others considered. The first is object interviewing, where a physical prompt can either be provided by the researcher or brought in by participants as a focus for the interview schedule. The second is elite interviewing, where power dynamics between the researcher and participant can demand specific techniques, as well as important practical considerations. Finally, mobile interviewing will be explored, where data is collected ‘on the move’ such as during a walk, journey or shared activity.
The course is primarily designed for researchers with some understanding of basic qualitative methods, but who wish to gain practical tips for developing their skills further and extending their methodological toolkit to include a range of more specialist techniques. The course leader is an experienced social researcher who will draw on her own research and use of these methods, as well as established practice within the social sciences.
Taught on campus in a small group setting, the sessions explaining and evaluating the advanced techniques will include examination of research case studies, and will be interspersed with practical exercises to build your own skills and confidence in them and trouble shooting. The course leader will also be happy to address specific queries raised by course participants either during the sessions or in the breaks.
- Please note: this course does not cover the use of computer software programmes to assist qualitative data analysis. See events run by the CAQDAS networking project at the University of Surrey for training on specific CAQDAS packages.
- To understand the nature of qualitative methodology and creative ways to approach data collection
- To be able to reflect on the strengths, weaknesses and appropriate application of different advanced qualitative methods, particularly those of object, elite and mobile interviewing
- To apply the techniques explored in practical data collection sessions and to reflect on your skills development
- To understand the ethic and analytic considerations of using these methods.
- The nature of qualitative data and creative approaches to collection
- Object interviewing as a method for delving deeper
- Elites: techniques for working with powerful and busy participants
- Data collection on the go: avoiding injury and gaining multiple data types
- Practical exercises in pairs and small groups
- Final reflections, trouble shooting and ongoing sources of support.
Learning and teaching methods
Presentations, discussions, guided exercises, independent group exercises.
Jill Timms has over 20 years’ experience in social research and teaching social research methods. Her research interests are in the sociology of work and organisations, sustainability as it relates to jobs and supply chains, corporate social responsibility, global activism and methodological innovation. Jill is a full time Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department at Surrey University and Co-Director of our Short Courses Programme.
A basic understanding of standard qualitative methods will be helpful.
Fees and funding
Price per person:
£310Education and charitable sector applicants
£435Government and commercial sector applicants
What these fees include
Course materials, lunch, refreshments and parking.
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Course location and contact details
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
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University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH