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Inventing Adulthoods: A qualitative longitudinal study of young people   

Inventing Adulthoods is a qualitative longitudinal study of over 100 young people growing upthrough their teens, twenties and early thirties at the turn of the 21st century.The rich biographical material generated in up to seven interviews with each participant provides a unique window on most aspects of growing up during a period of rapid social change between 1996 - 2006 in England and 1996 - 2010 in Northern Ireland. Participants were drawn from five socially and economically contrasting areas of England and Northern Ireland and this gives important insight into the role played by where young people live in determining the resources they are able to draw on to shape their lives and pathways in post-modern times.


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Web resource restored on: 15/05/2012


Archiving and Reusing Qualitative Data   

This web resource is a record of the workshops and the conference that were run as part of the series, 'Archiving and Reusing Qualitative Data: Theory, Method and Ethics Across Disciplines'. The series was funded as a Network for Methodological Innovation, by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM). Five events were run between April 2008 and March 2009. The series brought together sociologists, anthropologists, historians, archivists and a range of others interested in the issues raised by the archiving and reuse of qualitative data. This site contains papers, powerpoints and abstracts of presentations at these events, as well as links to subsequent and related publications. It will be useful to anyone interested in this emerging field.


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Web resource restored on: 20/11/2010


Benchmarking Good Practice in Qualitative Management Research  

This is a two year funded study, based in the UK, investigating the use and evaluation of qualitative research methods in management research. The project is part of a larger Research Methods Programme being funded by the ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council), which focuses specifically on extending and improving research methods in the research and practitioner communities. Click here for further details.

The overall aim of the larger research project is to enhance good practice in the use of qualitative methods in management research. To achieve this aim, our objectives are to:

  • Conduct a systematic investigation into current perceptions of qualitative methods in management research, including perceived barriers to their use
  • Identify perceptions of good practice in conducting qualitative management research
  • Identify current assessment criteria for qualitative management research
  • Ascertain perceptions of skill deficits in this area and the factors viewed as contributing to these deficits
  • Develop appropriate assessment criteria for qualitative management research which take into account different epistemological commitments
  • Develop materials and training workshops to encourage informed and reflexive practice in qualitative management research


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Web resource restored on: 01/11/2011


Focusing on the case in quantitative and qualitative research   

The project had two interlinked aims: to develop the expertise of UK based researchers in the integrated employment of a range of case centred methods including: Numerical Taxonomy Methods - A set of computer techniques, particularly cluster analysis, which use quantitative multi-variate descriptions of cases to sort the cases into categories Qualitative Comparative Analysis - A set of methods in which detailed qualitative investigation of multiple cases forms the basis of systematic quantitative comparison Qualitative Statistical Modelling - Using statistics to help us make sense of qualitative data Traditional Case Study approaches - Qualitative description of one or more cases in which causality is explored through the use of narrative

  1. Is a disproved research method or out of date method or
  2. Has infringed your intellectual property rights or
  3. Has infringed your moral rights in a Work or
  4. Is offensive or unacceptable in some other way


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Web resource restored on: 25/11/2009