Writing across Boundaries: Explorations in Representation, Rhetoric and Writing in Qualitative Research
Anthropology Durham University South Road, UK
This talk will be based on initial analysis of qualitative feedback from doctoral candidates and their supervisors on two annual workshops, organised via an UK Research Council (ESRC) Researcher Development Initiative project, based on providing advanced training in analysing and writing up qualitative data. The rationale for, and the format of, the workshops will be described, and the formative and summative evaluative strategies outlined. The formative evaluation took the form of ongoing iteration based upon reflective comments made by the participants and the contributors. Also, two doctoral researchers were employed to attend the workshops as ethnographic participant observers. Summative evaluation took the form of an evaluation questionnaire collected after each workshop, and was supplemented by a follow-up telephone interview six months after the workshop, both to researcher participants and, independently, to their supervisors, to assess the benefits of the workshops on the writing-up process. Initial results from the evaluation of the first two years of the project will be presented, which shed light on the practical, intellectual, and emotional elements integral to the process of writing up qualitative data.