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This Resource Page is an ongoing effort. Below are upcoming conferences and activities, syllabi, article titles, books and publisher links, and blogs. They are compiled here to assist faculty who are developing research methods courses in the social sciences. At present the materials here focus on introductory courses. We hope to expand this page. If you have developed a syllabus, bibliography or other resource you are willing to share, especially material on advanced courses and/or specific research tools (e.g., network analysis, video data collection and analysis, text analysis, etc.), please send them to ARMProject@uakron.edu for inclusion on this page.

Conferences and Activities

The Sixth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2010) - May 26-29, 2010
QUALITATIVE INQUIRY FOR A GLOBAL COMMUNITY IN CRISIS
The Sixth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry will take place at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne during the weekend of May 26-29, 2010.

Topics to be addressed include: the politics of evidence; alternatives to evidence-based models; mixed-methods; public policy discourse; social justice; human subject research; indigenous research ethics; decolonizing inquiry; standpoint epistemologies.

Submission of paper, poster, and session proposals will be accepted online ONLY from October 1, 2009 until December 1, 2009. Registration for the conference and workshops begins on December 1. For additional information please visit the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry's website.

Employment Opportunities

Seeking 18 Ethnographers for
Short-Term Research on Census 2010!

Comparative Ethnographic Studies of Census Enumeration Methods and
Coverage in Race/Ethnic Groups


The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking up to 18 ethnographers to do short-term research in nine race/ethnic research sites during Census 2010 field data collection operations as contractors for 4-6 months. Past research has shown that race/ethnic minority subpopulations are differentially miscounted, with implications for possible imbalances in congressional representation and allocation of federal funds. Examples of miscounts include persons not included on the census form who should be counted in the household, persons counted in more than one place or in the wrong place, and missed housing units. The study aims to document how and why miscounts happen, who is affected, and what can be improved to reduce miscounting in future censuses.

This comparative qualitative study of enumeration methods and coverage in nine race/ethnic sites will be conducted in 2010 in three census operations. The objectives are to identify 1) types of coverage error; 2) sources of coverage error (e.g., questionnaire issues, interviewer error, residence rules, socio-cultural and/or language factors, complex households, etc.); and 3) characteristics of households and persons with coverage error; and to 4) assess the extent to which these are similar or different across the race/ethnic groups, and to 5) recommend how to improve coverage of race/ethnic groups.

Current Summary of Scope of Work: Each researcher will receive training at Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, Maryland. Each researcher will go to his/her designated race/ethnic site for 7-9 continuous days during one of three specific census data collection time periods to accompany census interviewers as they conduct 35 interviews. The researcher will tape and unobtrusively observe and listen to the census interview for cues of possible coverage errors and/or household relationships not identified with the census relationship question. If there is such a cue, the researcher will conduct an immediate targeted semi-structured debriefing with the respondent to resolve questions as to where each person should be counted, according to the census residence rules, and to clearly delineate household composition. The researcher will transcribe interviews (perhaps at a Census secure location), analyze data, write case studies, write a site report addressing the objectives and other factors identified in the research, and give a Census Bureau talk. The methodology may change somewhat before it is finalized.

Race/ethnic subpopulations: We seek 2 ethnographers to do studies in each group:
American Indian (reservation) Alaska Native
African American Asian
Hispanic/Latino Middle Eastern
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander White (non-Hispanic)
Generalized site

Research Sites: Will be designated by the Census Bureau

Specific Time Periods for Field Research: Census operations are on a strict timetable and just one researcher will be in each site in each operation. To ensure each site and operation is covered, all selected researchers must commit in writing to full-time work for 7-9 continuous days in their designated sites during one of the following time periods.

March 29 - April 9: American Indian reservation
May 5 - May 22: Sites other than the Indian reservation
August 30 - Sept. 30: All sites

Compensation: To be determined soon.

If You are Interested and Would Like to Learn More: Compile the following:

Cover letter, including information directly relevant to this study and its methodology:
· Any experience with past censuses and/or surveys
· Experience with unobtrusive observation and debriefings
· Identification of the race/ethnic subpopulation with which you have done past research, and the specific US research locations (preference will be given to those with past or present race/ethnic research sites in the US)
· Any foreign language fluency, with level of fluency in conversation
· State your US citizenship status (you must be a US citizen)
Attachments:
· Current resume or CV
· Brief summary of your past research with the race/ethnic group you have chosen, including research design and methods employed. Identify the specific US location(s) where you conducted your past research
· Please specify if you are/are not of the same race/ethnicity as the group you wish to study
· Representative paper or report showing methodology and/or results relevant to this proposed study (less than 25 pages)
· Dates of observation in this study: State which of the three observation time period(s) listed above when you will be available to spend 7-9 continuous days of observation at the site (you will need to commit to one of these time periods in writing in order to be selected for this study).

Send these materials: 1) if by e-mail, send to all contact people below, OR 2) if by regular mail, send to just one: Laurel Schwede, Matt Clifton, or Rodney Terry.

By regular mail: By FEDEX or UPS:
U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Census Bureau
Statistical Research Division, Statistical Research Division
4600 Silver Hill Road 4600 Silver Hill Road
Washington, D.C. 20233 Suitland, MD 20746

Deadlines: American Indian site: February 1, 2010. Other sites: February 10, 2010.

Contact: Laurel.K.Schwede@census.gov 301-763-2611
Rodney.Terry@census.gov 301-763-5475
Matthew.Clifton@census.gov 301-763-3086

 

Helpful Websites

Year-End Tips for Qualitative Researchers!

Research Talk, Inc. is a resource that helps researchers to incorporate qualitative research techniques into the research design “in order to find a richer picture” of the research topic.  Research Talk, Inc. helps researchers to find consultants in qualitative methods who come from different disciplinary backgrounds and who have different expertise. For more information, visit the webpage for Research Talk, Inc. at www.researchtalk.com

 

SYLLABI
Each course listed below contains a sample syllabi, research methods, and list of articles. Click "view pdf links" to see the list and access the files.

Anthropology
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Sociology
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Education
> view PDF links

Women’s Studies
> view PDF links

Public Policy
> view PDF links

Sample Syllabus (Doc IE1. The list below can stay here on the main page or be accessed by tapping Sample Syllabi and then each name can link to the word document.)

Studies in the Latino Community Ethnographic Practice in L.A., University of California Los Angeles

Communication
> view PDF links

Political Science
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General Social Sciences
> view PDF links

JOURNALS - ONLINE RESOURCES

Anthropology

Business

Communication

Education

Family Studies

General Social Sciences

Medical

Methodology Journals

Nursing Studies

Other Journals

Psychology

Sociology

Women’s Studies

BOOKS/TEXTS

Sage Publications

Rowman & Littlefild Publishers Inc.

Taylor and Francis Books

Altamira Press

Anthropology

Book used in Methods courses (PDF)

Sociology

Book used in Methods courses (PDF)

Education

Book used in Methods courses (PDF)

Women’s Studies

Book used in Methods courses (PDF)

Communication

Book used in Methods courses (PDF)

Political Science

Book used in Methods courses (PDF)

General Social Sciences

Book used in Methods courses (PDF)


BLOGS

Scatterplot
Shamus Khan at Columbia writes for the blog Scatterplot and the following post relates to qualitative research and funding.

ADDITIONAL ONLINE RESOURCES

American Evaluation Association
The AEA has compiled a list of companies that provide programs for analyzing qualitative data including text, audio, and video. Link: http://www.eval.org/Resources/QDA.htm

Arizona State Institute
Description: THE CONSORTIUM ON QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (CQRM) promotes the teaching and use of qualitative research methods in the social sciences. Our activities include an annual training institute, where leading scholars have (to date) taught advanced qualitative methods to nearly five hundred graduate students and junior faculty.
Link: http://www.asu.edu/clas/polisci/cqrm/

George Mason University
History and News Media Syllabi Search Engine
Link: http://chnm.gmu.edu/tools/syllabi/

Legal Studies Blog
Description: The ELS blog is a collaborative project produced by Professor Jason Czarnezki  of the Marquette University Law School, Professors Michael Heise and Theodore Eisenberg of the Cornell Law School, and William Ford, Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School.  Jason’s research uses empirical methodologies to assess the role of judicial selection, political ideology, and interpretive philosophy on judicial decision-making, as well as analyze the impact of institutional relationships on environmental and administrative law and regulatory policy. 
Link: http://www.elsblog.org/the_empirical_legal_studi/2006/03/new_syllabus_qu.html

MAPSS
Description: The Methods of Analysis Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS) at Stanford University is dedicated to raising the “quality and vitality of empirical scientific research done by students and faculty throughout the social sciences.” The program includes an innovative curriculum, a database of courses that deal with social science methods training, data collection, management and analysis and a plan for improving inter-disciplinary interaction regarding research methods. Link: http://www.stanford.edu/group/mapss/

NSF
The 2005 NSF report on qualitative research and funding - "Workshop on Interdisciplinary Standards for Systematic Qualitative Research". Link: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/soc/ISSQR_workshop_rpt.pdf

Qualitative Report Nova University
Description: An online journal dedicated to qualitative research since 1990
Link: http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/

Qual Page
Description: The site has many resources about qualitative research and is regularly updated. It has a broad range of news and links so that you can find a variety of information on qualitative research. Please drop by from time to time and see what's new. I hope that you enjoy navigating Qual Page.
Link: http://www.qualitativeresearch.uga.edu/QualPage/

QualQuant
Description: QualQuant.net is a site dedicated to social research methods—qualitative and quantitative alike. It's grounded in a simple idea expressed by H. Russell Bernard in his introduction to the Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology (1998):
Link: http://www.qualquant.net/

Rapid Assessment Process
Description: A site dedicated to the method of Rapid Assessment Process, or intensive, team-based qualitative inquiry using triangulation, iterative data analysis and additional data collection to quickly develop a preliminary understanding of a situation from the insider's perspective.
Link: http://www.rapidassessment.net/introduction.html

University of Georgia College of Education
Description: The Qualitative Interest Group (QUIG) at the University of Georgia is a collection of faculty, staff, and students who share an interest in using qualitative research to study human beings.
Link: http://www.coe.uga.edu/quig/archives.html

 

"Whatever our epistemological differences, the actual methods by which we collect and analyze our data belong to everyone across the social sciences."

 

- H. Russell Bernard

 


   
 

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