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NSF Workshop Report on Qualitative Research

The report for NSF’s two-day workshop on Interdisciplinary Standards for Systematic Qualitative Research is now available. The goals of the workshop were to (quoted from the report):

  1. articulate the standards used in their particular field to ensure rigor across the range of qualitative methodological approaches;
  2. identify common criteria shared across the four disciplines for designing and evaluating research proposals and fostering multidisciplinary collaborations; and
  3. develop an agenda for strengthening the tools, training, data, research design, and infrastructure for research using qualitative approaches.

The whole report is 180 pages long, but you can get the gist from the executive summary. For graduate students, the longer sections on “Recommendations for Producing Top Notch Qualitative Research” and “Promising New Research Areas and Topics” are especially interesting reads. I’ll post more details when I have a little more time. We don’t get to see into the minds of our faculty members every day, and reports like this one give us a glimpse. Take a look, and keep working on your top notch research.

So, what do you think ?

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