Wednesday May 10th, 2017
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An SPR Webinar
Heidi M. Levitt, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts Boston
Wednesday May 10th, 2017 at 11am
more and more qualitative methods are developed and popularized in
psychology, the process of designing qualitative research has become
increasingly complex. Should researchers select a method and then try
to adhere to its procedures? When should procedures be adapted or
changed to fit researchers’ study characteristics? How can
psychotherapy researchers best use qualitative methods to meaningfully
answer their questions? Qualitative researchers have long expressed the
concern that reviews of qualitative research articles frequently
utilize inflexible sets of procedures and can provide contradictory
feedback when evaluating acceptability.
summarizes the framework of methodological integrity, an approach that
emphasizes the conceptual underpinnings of the design and review process
and can assist researchers in making decisions about their design.
This framework has been developed in conjunction with leaders across
qualitative research methods, so it holds relevance for a wide variety
of methodological approaches. When responding to reviews, authors also
can use this framework to challenge reviewers’ evaluations that are
based upon the assumption that rigid adherence to existing methods is
necessary by referring to the logic underpinning of research design.
webinar considers how researchers should not only seek to learn about a
given qualitative method, but to craft studies that will produce
findings that generate useful and insightful contributions that benefit
the field by improving therapists and therapy practice. After a
presentation of approximately 30 minutes, there will be ample time for
questions and discussion.