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2007 Research Seminar Program

WAIER invites you to a seminar to be held at Edith Cowan University

Wednesday 21 November 2007, 4.00 to 6.00 pm
Kurongkurl Katitjin (School of Indigenous Studies) Building 15, Room 123.
Enter from Central Avenue.

Staff who are parking permit holders from Curtin and Murdoch Universities may park in Red Zone areas - closest carparks are 8 and 9. Otherwise, visitors parking is available at a rate of $1 per hour in Carparks 1 and 2 or contact Eve Ruddock before the event for a parking permit.

Selecting criteria to evaluate qualitative research methods

Maria Northcote

Criteria used to evaluate qualitative studies appear to be under just as much scrutiny as the research itself. While evaluations of quantitative research frequently depend upon judgements based on reliability and validity, neither is appropriate when considering how to evaluate qualitative research.

Maria's journey of finding a relevant set of criteria used to evaluate her own PhD research will lead us through a set of criteria more tailored to qualitative research methods. To address different ways of meeting evaluative demands Maria will include a consideration of transferability, generalisability, ontological authenticity, reciprocity, dependability, confirmability, reflexivity, fittingness, vitality and, even, sacredness and goodness as she questions whether the adoption of such a selection might even be appropriate for qualitative research.

The design of the research methodology used for Maria's PhD was informed by a group of authors who encourage educational researchers to employ research methods that enable data to be viewed through emotional, moral and even spiritual lenses. Labelled by Sparkes as a "crisis of representation" in the social sciences, this new challenge for researchers sets the scene of this seminar and Maria attempts to grapple with the advice provided by Guba and Lincoln where they acknowledge the possibility that research has entered "an age of greater spirituality within research efforts". The presenter also considers Freebody's view that research is a "moral effort for researchers".

Dr Maria Northcote is involved in teaching, learning and researching at the
School of Education, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus. Her
professional interests include teacher education, teacher and student beliefs,
assessment and the use of computer technology in teaching and learning.

Light refreshments served from 4pm. Open discussion and interaction from 5pm.
(Non-WAIER members: Gold coin donation towards refreshments.).

Just turn up or RSVP Eve Ruddock ruddock@iinet.net.au ph 9446 4030

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