Employing meta-ethnography in the analysis of qualitative data sets: A new tool for transnational research projects?
|Dates:||23 November 2016|
|Times:||13:00 - 14:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Current University students|
|Speaker:||Professor Hilary Pilkington|
The seminar will start by setting out an epistemological and methodological argument for adapting the meta-ethnography method (Noblit and Hare, 1989) for the synthesis of primary qualitative data.It will outline the practical process for this based on the experience of conducting such a synthesis of 44 ethnographic cases of youth activism for the FP7 MYPLACE (Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement) project. It will illustrate the process through a worked example of the synthesis of research findings on the question of ‘how young people interpret the organisations in which they are active’. Finally, it will note the challenges and limitations of the approach especially the danger that, in extracting the general from the specific, the key quality of qualitative data - individual differentiation – is diminished.
To open discussion, and share experience of, the challenges of analysing and interpreting large, multilingual, qualitative data sets.
To propose an adaptation of the meta-ethnographic synthesis method (normally used for the synthesis of published studies) to primary data as a tool that could be applied to meet these challenges.
To demonstrate how such an adaptation might look in practice and provide a worked example based on recent experience of synthesising data from a large, multi-national FP7 research project.
To discuss the potential, and the limitations, of such a tool.
Professor Hilary Pilkington
Organisation: University of Manchester
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