This is first of two lectures for the day.

Professor David Silverman will give an introduction to Qualitative Research and his take on it, followed by his discussion on 'credible' qualitative research. The lecture is targeted at students who are still considering their research design i.e., pre-confirmation or just after confirmation, and are keen to undertake pure qualitative research. However, students at any stage are welcome to attend. It is strongly advised that you first read any one of Professor Silverman's textbooks before attending the lecture in order to fully appreciate his brand of qualitative research and to get the most out of the lecture. This is NOT an introduction to qualitative research and how it differs from quantitative or mixed methods.

You're also welcome to continue the qualitative methodological journey in the afternoon with Lecture 2.

About the Presenter:

Professor David Silverman is an outstanding scholar specialising in qualitative research.

David is Professor Emeritus in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths College and Visiting Professor in the Management Department at King's College, University of London and the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney. He has authored 15 books and 45 journal articles on qualitative research, ethnography and conversation analysis. 

Prof Silverman has hosted workshops on qualitative research for PhD students in Australia since 2009 as well as in Europe, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. 

Resources:  Professor Silverman's publications are available to view here.

About Research design

Your research degree requires the ability to apply "analytical and critical thinking skills to generate new knowledge, investigate problems and develop inventive solutions" (UQ HDR Graduate Attributes, 2017). This starts with determining the design of the research study through undersatnding and justifying the chosen methodologies and analytical methods. Building these skills during your research degree will equip you with the knowledge to apply them in a wide variety of contexts during your career.

The Graduate School has a range of sessions covering research methodolgy and methods delivered by esteemed providers such as ISSR.

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