Enhancing the teaching of qualitative methods: Teaching the ‘breadth and depth' method for analysis of big qual

Sarah Lewthwaite*, Lynn Jamieson, Emma Davidson, Rosalind Edwards, Melanie Nind, Susie Weller

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This chapter describes the development of a new research method: ‘breadth-and-depth method’ and a collaboration which put the development of the method into dialogue with reflection on teaching. Breadth-and-depth method was developed to leverage added value from large volumes of qualitative data (‘big qual’) and enhance the reach of qualitative researchers while respective of the fundamental principles of in-depth qualitative research. Through cycles of participatory action research and collaboration in teaching, and with stakeholders and learners, the authors have examined what it takes to develop both a research method and the pedagogy for teaching that method together. They reflect on modes of teaching through data, the use of worked examples and metaphors for articulating and structuring the acquisition of new concepts and knowledge, and the use of peer-learning to enrich learning and manage diversity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Teaching and Learning Social Research Methods
EditorsMelanie Nind
PublisherEdward Elgar
Chapter6
Pages67-84
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781800884274
ISBN (Print)9781800884267
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • big qual
  • qualitative teaching

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