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Qualitative data analysis is often described as complicated because qualitative research is subjective. If two different people interpret the same data differently, is that a problem? In this session we will navigate (and celebrate!) the subjective nature of qualitative research in two parts. First, we will reflect on how to conduct robust qualitative data analysis, and secondly, we will experience how different kinds of data analysis treat data in different ways. Half of the group will conduct thematic analysis on an interview transcript, and the other half will conduct narrative analysis on the same interview transcript. The goal of the session is not to ‘learn’ how to do thematic or narrative analysis; it is to understand how data can be interpreted very differently depending on the type of analysis used. In turn, this will help you justify any future analytical approach you use – an essential part of any qualitative research project. This is a highly interactive workshop that will involve group work. No prior knowledge is required – it is an introductory-level workshop. Do not worry if you have never done thematic or narrative analysis (or if you do not even know what they are!) – you will be given all the information you need during the workshop.

Bio of the speaker:

Dr Ioannis Costas Batlle is a Lecturer in Education and the Deputy-Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research at the University of Bath (United Kingdom). He uses qualitative research to explore young people’s lives in a variety of contexts, such as youth sport programmes, charities, and early school leaving. Additionally, Ioannis’ role in the Centre for Qualitative Research focuses on promoting qualitative training and education opportunities across the University.

He organises and delivers a highly practical, year-long annual workshop series for doctoral researchers (now in its 4th year) which explores all things in qualitative research. Ioannis’ recent qualitative research publications include two edited books (Temporality in Qualitative Inquiry: Theories, Methods and Practices; Qualitative Researcher Vulnerability: Negotiating, Experiencing and Embracing) and a forthcoming article in Qualitative Inquiry about his previously mentioned annual workshop series.

Date: 23 June 2023 (Friday)

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm (HKT)

Speaker: Dr. loannis Costas Batlle, Lecturer in Education and the Deputy-Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research, University of Bath, UK

Venue: Online via Zoom

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