This second lecture demonstrates that credibility is increased when you analyse interactional sequences rather than one line extracts. This lecture continues from the first in the sense that it builds on the story of credibility. (You are also encouraged to attend the first lecture as David will present an overview of qualitative methodology and in particular, his approach to it.) This lecture is only for students who are engaged in pure qualitative research. It is targeted at students who have finished data collection and are beginning to analyse their data i.e., pre-mid candidature. 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 methodology. This is NOT an introductory session to qualitative research.

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.

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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 the way you design your project, your review of existing literature, the methodologies you use and the analysis you apply. Building these skills during your research degree will equip you to engage these same skills in your future career and apply them in a wide variety of contexts. 

Research methods

The Graduate School has a range of research methods sessions available.

Qualitative Research Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics (QFAB)

Library workshops

The library offers a range of workshops under the headings below. 

R and Python Research data management Data visualisation

Useful links

  • RStudio cheat sheets
  • Data Management at UQ (UQRDM) 
  • Sage Research Methods 
  • Join Sage’s Methodspace 
  • Publons Academy: A free online course for peer reviewers
  • Hacky Hour (supported by RCC, QCIF, IMB and wonderful volunteer helpers!): RCC runs consultations every Tuesday at Cafe Nano. Come and ask IT questions such as: getting started with Python and R, stats, machine learning, bio-image, software tools, research data management (RDM), how to access high performance computing, cloud data storage and tools for data cleaning and data visualisation. Bring your project's IT problems or come along as a helper! Very occasionally Hacky Hour may not run; follow us on Twitter (@HackyHourStLuc​) to get the latest announcements. Aside from the usual IT research questions, 
    • First Tuesday of the monthBioinformatics Hacky Hour, ask bioinformatics analysis, software and pipeline questions
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