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How to write up qualitative research with impact while keeping your reader on side
Quantitative researchers have their tables, graphs, and equations. They can display their data, and use statistical tests to establish significance. Qualitative researchers need to meet the same demands of communicating evidence and significant, but must use a different approach. This workshop focuses on ‘writing up’ in three key moments – presentation of findings, commentary on them (including discussion that links to literature), and drawing conclusions. These are not always in a linear sequence of chapters in qualitative theses, or separate sections in journal articles, but nonetheless these moves are there. As qualitative researchers, we also need to manage smooth transitions between concrete, specific instances and more general, abstract ideas. Being in command of this can really elevate writing and its impact, and make life so much easier for the reader. In this workshop we will unpack examples of writing to identify their key effective ingredients in relation to presenting raw data, commentaries, making different kinds of claims, and those transitions between specific and general. You will also have time to examine and refine your own writing using the principles and strategies we discuss in the workshop.  Participants should bring to the workshop:  1. An example of a qualitative study in their field that they think has been written up well – and which involved some presentation of raw data (eg. quotations from interviews, excerpts from observation notes), and 2. An excerpt of their own writing, preferably where findings are presented or discussed. We anticipate that most participants in this workshop will be in the writing-up phase and so have some draft text of this nature.   04/05/23, 3 hrs, 1300- 1600 AEST.  Presented by - Nick Hopwood, University of Technology Sydney.

May 4, 2023 01:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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