The Use of Archived Research Data in the Training of Qualitative Research Methods—Concept and Evaluation of a Pilot Model for Learning that is Closely Linked to Research


  • Britta Stiefel Universität Bremen



blended learning, evaluation, learning that is closely linked to research, university didactics, training of research methods, use of archived qualitative data, problem-centered interview, telemedial learning


Digital archiving of qualitative research data together with the progress made in software-based data analysis provides the opportunity to re-use data for a training scheme that is closely related to research in the qualitative social sciences. Archived data can be used as material for demonstration and analysis and can thus facilitate a deeper insight into qualitative research methodology. The use of the concept of "blended learning" linking face-to-face teaching with elements of e-learning can be of advantage for the training of methods that is closely related to research. It ensures both professional tutoring by a teacher and independent research work by the students. The article presents the concept and the evaluation results of a training and learning model the Life-Course-Archive of the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) at the University of Bremen developed for the use of archived interview data in the training of qualitative research methods. The pilot model with its focus on the approach for the analysis of problem-centered interviews is geared to the concept of blended learning. Testing and evaluation took place within a pilot course of the project mobileCampus carried out in the psychology department at the University of Bremen. The training and learning model for learning that is closely linked to research of the Life-Course-Archive is put up for discussion within the FQS Debate on "Teaching and Learning Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences" ( In addition, the article itself is to serve as a contribution to this discussion. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0703152


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Author Biography

Britta Stiefel, Universität Bremen

Britta STIEFEL, Diplom-Psychologin, Doktorandin an der Universität Bremen. Von 2003-2005 Tätigkeit im Archiv für Lebenslaufforschung (ALLF) der Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) und der DFG-finanzierten Machbarkeitsstudie "Archivierung und Sekundärnutzung qualitativer Interviewdaten" (Laufzeit 2003-2005; Kooperationsprojekt des Archivs für Lebenslaufforschung (ALLF) der "Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) an der Universität Bremen und des Zentralarchivs für Empirische Sozialforschung (ZA) der Universität Köln). Im Rahmen ihrer Diplomarbeit mit dem Titel "Blended Learning in der qualitativen Methodenausbildung – Evaluation einer Pilotveranstaltung des MobileCampus-Projekts im Sommersemester 2004 an der Universität Bremen" war sie an der Konzeption des Pilotmodells zur Nutzung archivierter Daten in der Methodenausbildung beteiligt und führte die Evaluation des Methodenseminars durch. Gegenwärtige Arbeitsschwerpunkte: Forschungsnahes Lernen in der qualitativen Methodenausbildung, Sekundärnutzung von archivierten qualitativen Daten in der Lehre



How to Cite

Stiefel, B. (2007). The Use of Archived Research Data in the Training of Qualitative Research Methods—Concept and Evaluation of a Pilot Model for Learning that is Closely Linked to Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 8(3).



FQS Debate: Teaching and Learning Qualitative Methods