Learning and Teaching Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science. Provisional Reflections


  • Benno Herzog Universidad de Valencia




university didactics, qualitative methods, qualitative research, learning, teaching


This article aims to resume and give structure to the debate about "teaching and learning qualitative methods in social sciences" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/about/editorialPolicies#deb), which is currently taking place in the trilingual journal Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. The core of the debate is composed, at the moment, by nine texts with different characteristics, with authors in different academic positions and with very diverse approaches. The aim of this presentation is to open the debate to Ibero-America and to invite Hispanic students, teachers, researchers and professionals to participate and to enrich the discussion with their experiences and reflections. The text starts by explaining the rise of the debate during one particular conference in Germany (http://www.berliner-methodentreffen.de/) and by pointing out different links with other questions related to qualitative research. Short reviews of the contributions are presented in three sections: background, theoretical contributions, and experiences. Finally, four main topics are identified to occur in the actual discussion: the social context of teaching and learning, epistemological models and their implication for the teaching process, specific didactic models and experiences for qualitative research and, finally, the role of the researcher as teacher and student and his/her personal "compatibility" with qualitative methods. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0803220


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Author Biography

Benno Herzog, Universidad de Valencia

Benno HERZOG es profesor de sociología del lenguaje en el Departamento de Sociología y Antropología Social de la Universitat de València e investigador en la Unidad de Información e Investigación Social y Sanitaria "UISYS". Su línea principal de investigación son los estudios sobre integración social: migración, racismo, procesos de integración, análisis del discurso, metodología y participación social. Ha publicado varios artículos científicos en revistas nacionales e internacionales sobre inmigración, asociacionismo, participación ciudadana y cultura. Asimismo participó mediante comunicaciones y poster en conferencias y congresos nacionales e internacionales. También ha coordinado o colaborado en varios proyectos de investigación subvencionados por entidades públicas o privadas sobre migración, integración, participación ciudadana, asociacionismo y consumo de drogas en población inmigrante. Recibió en 2007 el premio de investigación social "Valencia se solidariza" por su trabajo sobre la imagen de los inmigrantes en la prensa gratuita.



How to Cite

Herzog, B. (2008). Learning and Teaching Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science. Provisional Reflections. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-9.3.1011



FQS Debate: Teaching and Learning Qualitative Methods