25 October - 29 October 2021

‘Doing Credible Qualitative Research’

A Masterclass by Professor David Silverman
Presented by Education Futures with the support of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Enterprise.

Qualitative researchers often try to do the same as quantitative research but with smaller samples. This interactive masterclass is relevant to PhD students and early career researchers and more experienced researchers who want to do qualitative research and to write it up rigorously and effectively. It provides guidance on how to use the latest constructionist approaches which treat our data as instances of complex behaviours and hence complementary to quantitative research.

Masterclass Schedule:
This course was taught over four consecutive evenings from Monday, October 25th to Thursday, October 28th, 2021.
The Masterclasses contained the following timetable listed below which will provide you access to all recordings and access to Professor David Sivermans Powerpoints and Masterclass Booklet.

Day 1 Monday, October 25th 2021
7.00 pm Introductory lecture
7.45 pm Lecture 1 Analysing interview data
9.00–9.30 pm Data sessions discussion in small groups *not recorded

Day 2 Tuesday, October 26th 2021
7.00 pm Feedback from data sessions
7.30 pm Lecture 2 Analysing documents and digital data
8.45-9.15 pm Data sessions with simultaneous 1-1s *not recorded

Day 3 Wednesday, October 27th 2021
7.00 pm Feedback from data sessions
7.30 pm Lecture 3 Credible qualitative research
8.45 – 9.15 pm Data sessions with simultaneous 1-1s *not recorded


Day 4 Thursday, October 28th 2021
7.00 pm Feedback from data sessions
7.30 pm Lecture 4 Mixed methods 


Day 5 Friday, October 29th 2021
'Writing Up a Qualitative PhD' Presented by Education Futures with the support of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Enterprise.

'Writing up' should never be something left to the end of your research. Instead, writing should be a continuous process, learning from your supervisor, your peers and your own mistakes. I examine how this writing up can be accomplished efficiently if rarely painlessly.

-Practical suggestions about when to write a literature review and what it should contain. How to avoid dull methodology chapters.  Keeping a research diary.
- How to write data chapters. What to include and what to omit.
-Concluding chapters that are not summaries, but which stretch the imagination


David Silverman is Professor Emeritus in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths College, London Visiting Professor in the King's College Business School, University of London and the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney as well as Adjunct Professor at QUT, Faculty of Education. He has authored 15 books and over 50 journal articles on qualitative research, ethnography and conversation analysis. Thirty of his students have successfully completed their PhD and three are now full Professors. Further information about Prof Silverman's books can be found at: Sage Publishing.
Professor Silverman’s latest book is ‘Doing Qualitative Research'.


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