qualitative

Speaking as part of the student conference at the BPS Annual, Professor Liz Stokoe (Loughborough University) was flying the flag for what she called ‘pfaffing around with soggy qualitative psychology’. Outlining numerous projects which have analysed talk ‘in the wild’, she...

One delusion
‘You have to start young if you want to get to the top in sport!’

When my father was about 52 he stopped playing football and started playing golf. During the school holidays he lured my younger sister and me to the driving range...

One place

I’m lucky to live somewhere very beautiful – a small town on the southern edge of the Cotswolds. Going for an evening walk, hearing cows mooing… On my first family holiday in the Cotswolds as a teenager I fell in love with the landscape, and...

Dusting off a lecture on ‘internet research’ written only three years ago, it seemed so dated. The focus was on the interactive possibilities of Web 2.0 technology as a research tool, it conceptualised a virtual world, discrete from the ‘real’ one, and the structures and...

The 10th anniversary of the Society’s Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section affords an opportunity to reflect on the place of qualitative research within the discipline. The Section has clearly been hugely successful – as soon as it came into being, its membership numbers...

Although different branches of phenomenology have developed, with their own particular variations and emphases, all are usually acknowledged as stemming from the work of the founding father, Edmund Husserl (1859–1938). Husserl was concerned with developing phenomenology as a...

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Learning from the lifeworld

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Qualitative approaches have a long history in psychology. Jean Piaget drew heavily on qualitative observational methods and interviews, and psychotherapists have maintained a qualitative strand of practice-based inquiry since the very first narrative case studies of Sigmund...