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The Qualitative Report
Second Annual Conference

Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
January 7 and 8, 2011

Sponsored by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Conference Theme: Researching Identity and Identifying Researchers

Plenaries | Workshops | Panels and Seminars
Special Opportunities | Book Signing and Reception | Facebook
Online Registration | Hotel and Site Information

At-A-Glance Schedule | Breakout Schedule | Presentation Summaries

Plenary Session

"Anthrotherapy: Reflections of Research and Clinical Work"
Khawla Abu-Baker, Ph.D.
The Max Stern Academic College of Emeq Yezreel

I see myself working as a therapist and as a researcher at the same time continually. I have suggested the term "anthrotherapist" for this approach. I have worked in this integrated way for the last 15 years and would like to share my experience. Part of my approach comes from the way I want to and must participate in my Arab community. I am a trusted participant in my small community, and that is indispensable for functioning as a therapist and as a researcher. The professional contract is much more personal in my community than might be the case in other societies. I learn about people's problems not only from clinical experience but from my knowledge of their wider social context. Also, people in therapy are eager to tell their personal and social concerns, problems, thought, norms, attitudes, ideology and ideas for change - that makes them eager 'research assistants'. As an "anthrotherapist" I use experiences from wide range of cases to teach me about the psycho-social condition of society and I embrace new clients with this cumulative knowledge from my research conclusions about society. Examples from 15 years of integrated research and therapy works will be shared.

Plenary Session

"A Dance of Transparencies: Researching Identity and Identifying Researchers"
Ronald Chenail, Ph.D.
TQR Editor-in-Chief, USA
Plenary Slides

Taking its place alongside such core metaphors as culture, phenomenon, discourse, and narrative, identity has emerged as an important trope in qualitative research. Be it people's sense of themselves as members of a family, culture, corporation, or the world society, qualitative researchers are interested in learning how people come to define themselves within their varied contexts. This area of research is also fraught with controversy as researchers and their research participants struggle with gender, sexual, cultural, brand, product, customer, and corporate identities and the methodological and ethical decisions entailed in studying such phenomena. An associated concern is how do we clearly and ethically identify ourselves as researchers to our research participants, clients, and colleagues and how they come to identify us? How transparent do we become as we dance with our own self-identity and the identities of others? As these dance steps are made, how do we as producers and consumers of these (e)merging arcs make decisions of quality and utility? As we explore these self-narratives and narratives of others, what are the differences that make a difference in our qualitative research?

Interactive Workshop

Flash Research Writing
Maureen Duffy, Ph.D. and Laurie Charlés, Ph.D.

In this workshop we will use the principals of flash fiction writing and apply them to research writing as a vehicle for getting your research writing well under way. Your writing censor will be sent out for ice cream or a drink while we break down the elements of a research study into multiple components that can be described in 100 words or less. In this workshop you will write up each of the components of your study using flash writing principals that we will demonstrate. At the end of the workshop you will have a quality product to take home that includes a complete story of each of the sections of your research project that you are currently working on. The atmosphere in this workshop will be supportive, creative, and high standards only. You're going to love it. Guaranteed.

Interactive Workshop

Exploring Methods for Exploring Identity:
Biographical Narrative and Phenomenological Research
Karen Wilson Scott, Ph.D. and Robin Cooper, Ph.D.

Exploring identity through qualitative inquiry offers researchers many investigative options, each serving different research objectives and yielding different outcomes. Attend this interactive workshop and discover how biographical narrative research and phenomenology provide two distinctly different paths for researchers exploring identity. You will practice life story and phenomenological interviewing, develop a chronology from a biographical narrative transcript, and perform a bracketing exercise to gain "epoché." Uncover your own sense of identity as a researcher as you thoughtfully approach uncovering the worldviews of others.

Interactive Workshop

Getting Published:
Journey into a Relationship between Editor and Author
Sally St. George, Ph.D., Paige Averett, Ph.D., and Dan Wulff, Ph.D.

Last year at the Inaugural TQR Conference, Sally and Dan conducted a workshop entitled Getting Published: Journey into an Editor's Mind, highlighting what an editor thinks when she/he reviews a submitted manuscript to TQR. For the 2011 TQR Conference we will offer a variation of this presentation by including the voice of an author. Our workshop is entitled Getting Published: Journey into a Relationship between Editor and Author. In this workshop we will present a conversation between an author (Paige) and editor (Sally) to reveal an example of a relationship that develops between the two during the process of editorial review at TQR.

Interactive Workshop

Applied Qualitative Research Boot Camp:
Basic Skills, Basic Training, Basic Fun
Ron Chenail, Ph.D.

As a participant in this session, you will work as qualitative research consultant engaged to assist the directors of the TQR Second Annual Conference in learning attendees' experiences of the two-day event and in making plans to enhance and improve the event. To this end, you will learn how to design and implement an applied qualitative research project collaboratively with a client. You will generate and collect qualitative data via interviews, observations, and document analysis. We will also utilize social networking tools such as Twitter and Facebook to gather and analyze up-to-the-minute perspectives from the customers. You will conduct your qualitative data analysis using the SEWI (Strengths-Enhancements-Weaknesses-Improvements) System and prepare a report and presentation to the conference directors.

Paper Panels

These interactive 90 minute presentations consist of 3 to 4 qualitative research papers sharing topic and/or methodological synergies.

Forum Discussions and Seminars

In these interactive 90 minute presentations speakers will discuss contrasting perspectives on single qualitative research topics.

Special Opportunities

  • Future TQR Reviewers" Lunch Meeting
  • Paper Consultations
  • Mixed Methods Research Overview

For more details, please see Special Opportunities

Reception and Book Signings

Come and meet authors of outstanding qualitative research books and network during Friday's reception.

Hotel and Site Information

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