'Multi-modal qualitative research'
University, 30 - 31 May 2007
Encouraged by the proliferation of multimedia technologies, qualitative
researchers may now produce very diverse kinds of data in their
fieldwork: field notes, sound recordings (of interviews, conversations
or naturally occurring events), photographs (created by participants
and/or researchers themselves), video images, drawings, e-mail
correspondence, etc. It is important to be critically aware of
the opportunities and limitations that these various modes of
data create for knowledge generation. How they can we make informed
choice between various modes and media? How can various modes
be meaningfully combined in research practice? What are the implications
of broadening out our tools and technologies?
This two-day workshop will encompass the collection and analysis
of multiple modes of qualitative research data. Primarily based
on the combined use of textual, visual and audio data this workshop
will give participants practical insights into the affordances
and limitations of different modes of qualitative data. Participants
will have the opportunity to experiment with collecting and analysing
different kinds of qualitative data and to consider how they might
be combined, both practically and theoretically.
This workshop will be of interest to researchers from a range
of social science disciplines, who wish to use diverse recording
media in qualitative fieldwork settings
It will suit both experienced and early career researchers. Some
previous experience of using at least two different methods of
data generation is desirable (e.g. field notes and photographs,
or video and sound recordings). The workshop will focus on the
interpretation of meaning in the data, through the comparison
and combination of different modes of data and different media.
It will not provide an introduction to the use of multimedia technologies
The workshop will focus on researcher (rather than participant)
generated data; therefore participants should be familiar with
the basics of ethnographic fieldwork and observation techniques.
Participants should preferably have experience of using some
version of software for qualitative data analysis and archiving.
To obtain a draft programme for the workshop click
Babbage Building Room 217, Plymouth University, Drake Circus,
here for directions to the University
Details of accommodation in and around Plymouth can be found
Please note: We advise you not to book accommodation or travel
until your place has been confirmed.
Please note: booking is now closed for this event.
We are now taking bookings for this workshop. We have a limit
of 20 places for this workshop therefore we are using information
provided on the booking form to ensure we have an interesting
mix of participants. To download a booking form click
here. We will advise you as soon as possible if you have been
allocated a place on this workshop. To avoid disappointment should
the workshop be oversubscribed, it is our intention that a repeat
of the training will be offered again at a later date.
Cancellation and Refunds: A full refund will
be given for cancellations in excess of 48 hours notice of an
event. Please note that we cannot offer any refunds for places
cancelled within 48 hours of the event.
This event is open to all researchers, including postgraduate
students and non-academic researchers. The fee is £40 for
the two days for UK registered Post Graduate students, £80
for staff at a UK academic institution, ESRC funded researcher
or registered charity organisation. For all other delegates the
fee is £350 for the two days. Fees include course materials,
lunch and refreshments. Unfortunately, we are not able to assist
with travel, accommodation or other related costs.