The Qualitative Report

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 2, July

Beginning On-Line Delphi Ethnographic Research: The BOLDER Method
The use of the Internet to gather data, produce and report research has changed the face of the fields of education and research. This paper will present a method for combining electronic on-line media and Delphi methodology to begin the process of...
Confessions of a (Somewhat) Reluctant Consultant: Or, What Happens When Academic Dreams Go "Poof"
This essay really is about a protracted and painful transition from academic and teacher to consultant and researcher, but first, I want to get a few things off my chest. If you can stand some wholly relevant whine at the outset, stay with me, but...
Converting Evidence into Data: The Use of Law Enforcement Archives as Unobtrusive Measurement
The newly emerging area of Investigative Psychology provides a behavioural science basis for crime detection by examining investigative processes and criminal behaviour. It draws upon a range of material collected by law enforcement agencies that is...
Dare I Embark on a Field Study? toward an Understanding of Field Studies
Field studies have frequently been advocated as a means for understanding cognitive activities in naturalistic settings. However, there are several fundamental obstacles that one has to overcome to conduct a field study. This paper discusses two of...
False Starts, Suspicious Interviewees and Nearly Impossible Tasks: Some Reflections on the Difficulty of Conducting Field Research Abroad
In this article, I discuss some of the problems I have encountered in conducting field research abroad, specifically in England, South Africa, Russia and China--a broad variety of societies ranging from free to not free societies. I discuss the problems...
LEAP-Ing toward Accountability? Ideology, Practice, and the Voices of Louisiana Educators
Louisiana educators at an urban K-5 school participated in a two-year study to share their experiences related to the implementation of a state high-stakes testing program (LEAP 21) that is used to make promotion decisions in grades 4 and 8. Observations,...
Teaching Qualitative Analysis Using QSR NVivo (1)
This paper describes new opportunities for teaching qualitative research methods to undergraduates using software as a tool. The author recounts her own experiences and challenges using one such program, QSR NVivo. The account includes students' reflections...
Using a Polar Grounded Composite to Describe the Socio-Cultural Determinants of ESL Teaching in Rural Fijian Schools
This paper utilises a grounded narrative to report on the most culturally-Fijian characteristics of teaching. The grounded narrative is a qualitative reporting methodology used to convey the Fijian educational setting vividly and authentically. It...
Using Participatory Focus Groups of Graduate Students to Improve Academic Departments: A Case Example
The authors report on a participatory focus group evaluation of an academic department. The 20 participants, and the majority of the evaluators, were graduate students in that department. The authors report on their methods, their reflections, ethical...
"We're Just Friends": Myth Construction as a Communication Strategy in Maintaining Cross-Sex Friendships
The main goal of this research is to present a narrative description and identify categorical myths of cross-sex friendship in order to more fully understand the romance challenge confronting women and men in friendship. Closer examination into the...