Qualitative Research Week 2017

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October 26-28, 2017

Qualitative Research Week 2017

Grounding theory in real life experience

  • Are you a PhD student seeking innovative ways to conduct your dissertation research?
  • Are you a qualitative researcher seeking new ways to generate and interpret your data?
  • Are you interested in better understanding how real-life experiences can become data and even theory?

Qualitative Research Week at UIW entails a series of workshops, meetings and special sessions in regularly scheduled classes that allow us to highlight how qualitative inquiry can open teachers, students and community actors to new ways of seeing and understanding the world, and new ways of engaging in processes of learning and change together. These activities are meant to enhance the core of learning that students are already receiving and to complement approaches that different faculty already bring to the table. 

Presenter: Dr. Kathy Charmaz

Dr. Kathy CharmazThis year we have invited special guest Dr. Kathy Charmaz to help us better understand how high level learning and theory can be generated directly from and grounded in real-world experience. She will share a rigorous approach called “Constructivist Grounded Theory” (CGT) that has been widely used in qualitative research projects worldwide, and which also offers an excellent framework for better understanding qualitative inquiry overall.  Qualitative research week can also be seen as an extended conversation of Action research week, which was held in Spring 2017, and the upcoming overall Research week, which will be held in Spring 2018. 

  • Read Dr. Charmaz's biography here »

    Kathy Charmaz is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Sonoma State University and the former Director of the Faculty Writing Program, which she organized to help faculty complete their research and scholarly writing.  She has written, co-authored, or co-edited fourteen books including Constructing Grounded Theory (2014) and has written or co-authored over 50 articles and chapters on qualitative inquiry and grounded theory. Kathy’s areas of specialization include Medical Sociology, Social Psychology, Sociological Theory, Research Methods, Qualitative Analysis, Death and Dying, Sociology of Emotions, Sociology of the Body, Aging, Writing across the Disciplines, and Writing for Academic Publication.

    Currently, she is working with Antony Bryant on the second edition of The Sage Handbook of Grounded Theory and is co-authoring a text on symbolic interactionist social psychology.  Kathy has received major awards from the Pacific Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and was chosen for the 2017 Leo G. Reeder career award for the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.  She travels across the globe to give lectures, classes, and workshops on grounded theory, writing qualitative research, social psychology, and the sociology of health and illness.


Workshop 1:

October 26, 2017
1 p.m-5 p.m.
Student Engagement Center, Room 2030

Grounded Theory Methodologies for Social Justice Projects

This workshop session introduces ways to use grounded theory methods to study social justice issues. 

  • Read workshop description here »

    Grounded theory methods consist of flexible guidelines to adopt, alter, and fit particular research problems, not to apply mechanically. With these guidelines, you expedite and systematize your data gathering and analysis. These methods and the area of social justice are treated as serving mutually complementary purposes. Grounded theory methods can assist social justice researchers in making their work more analytic, precise, and compelling. A focus on social justice can help grounded theorists to move their methods into macro analyses. Major grounded theory strategies will be presented with suggestions about how use them to spark fresh ideas about data. Familiarity with grounded theory methods is helpful but is not necessary. The work session covers an overview of basic guidelines and includes several hands-on exercises. If you have collected some qualitative data, bring a completed interview, set of field notes, or document to analyze. If you do not have data yet, we will supply qualitative data for you. If you prefer to use a laptop for writing, bring one, but you can complete the exercises without a computer.

Evening Conversation - (for UIW members only)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Student Engagement Center, Room 2030

Changing epistemological foundations of grounded theory, the logic of the method, coding strategies and examples, writing and analytic strategies, theorizing qualitative data.

Workshop 2:

Friday, October 27, 2017
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Student Engagement Center 2032

Saturday, October 28, 2017
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Nursing Building Room 214

2-Day Master Class Grounded Theory

  • Defining grounded theory and intensive interviewing, including discussing the logic of grounded theory, constructing good questions, intensive interviewing skills, and completing exercises in revising interview questions
  • Grounded theory coding, including the nature and logic of grounded theory coding, and doing several coding exercises for which we encourage participants to use their own research data
  • Memo writing, including using memos to develop codes, using memos to raise and answer emergent questions, and writing practice memos
  • Theoretical sampling, saturation and sorting, including the logic of theoretical sampling, achieving theoretical saturation, conducting theoretical sorting, and doing several exercises.


Registration is closed.


The event fee is $50 and includes lunch and parking. Free for UIW members.

Event Dates

Workshop 1

Thursday, October 26, 2017

1 p.m.-5 p.m.


Evening Conversation
(for UIW members only)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

6 p.m.-9 p.m.


Workshop 2

Friday and Saturday,
October 27-28, 2017

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


Events will take place at UIW main campus. See agenda.

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