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2019 Convention Preconference on Qualitative Data Analysis and Theory-Building

Friday, August 24, 2018   (0 Comments)
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By Sarah J. Tracy


Are you a student, researcher or instructor who could use some practical, systematic, and fun training in the areas of qualitative data analysis, interpretation, and theory building?  If so, two preconference workshops at WSCA are a perfect match for you.


The first workshop, entitled “Qualitative Data Analysis: The Backstage Steps of Crafting Qualitative Evidence,” will provide step-by-step best practices for organizing, coding, and analyzing qualitative research. The second workshop, entitled Evidencing Interpretation, Theory-building, and Claim-making in Qualitative Inquiry,” provides a systematic and creative process that will help participants to move from findings, to theory building, to impactful claims that will resonate and connect with intended audiences. The two workshops can be taken independently or together, with the afternoon workshop being slightly more advanced than the morning workshop.


Participants will leave with inspiration, new skills, and worksheets from which to practice or teach qualitative analysis, interpretation, and theory-building. Target audiences include:

a.     Students and scholars new to qualitative research, as well as students who need support in their research papers, theses, and dissertations

b.     Researchers who primarily practice quantitative methods but want to incorporate qualitative data analysis practices into their repertoire 

c.     Instructors who desire ideas and materials for teaching qualitative data analysis, interpretation, theory-building and claim-making

d.     Experienced researchers who want to enhance their qualitative skill set


The workshops will be led by Dr. Sarah J. Tracy, Professor at Arizona State University and author of Qualitative Research Methods: Collecting Evidence, Crafting Analysis, Communicating Impact. Sarah has led more than 20 qualitative workshops around the world, created a YouTube channel called “Get Your Qual On,” and published more than 70 scholarly essays. She said, “So many students and researchers feel stuck when they get to the analysis and interpretation stage of qualitative inquiry. I am so excited to share some systematic and fun analysis techniques that I have found to spur creativity, generate impactful claims, and build significant theory.”



This pre-conference will be available as a registration option within the WSCA conference registration, which will open in November, 2018 at  The fee for attendance is $30.

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