Conference Report: 5th Annual Meeting of Qualitative Psychology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Learning and Instruction / First meeting of the Special Interest Group No. 17 of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction

  • Silke-Birgitta Gahleitner Alice-Salomon-Fachhochschule Berlin
  • Leo Gürtler University of Education Weingarten
Keywords: qualitative research, qualitative psy­chology, research design, methodology, mixed methods, conference, workshop, methods, psy­chology, networking


This conference report gives an over­view of the fifth conference of the Qualitative Psy­chol­ogy Initiative and the first meeting of the Euro­pean Association for Research in Learning and Instruction (EARLI) interest group (No. 17), that took place in Freudenstadt, Germany from 21-24 October 2004. The conference was organized by the Center for Qualitative Psychology (Tübingen). This year the main focus of the conference, which was attended by researchers from a wide spec­trum of professions, was mixed methods as a re­search strategy in psychology. The main issue under discussion was whether a new paradigm is needed to resolve the contradiction between qual­itative and quantitative approaches to doing re­search. This report attempts to give a résumé of the individual contributions and the conference as a whole, to put the workshop in context, and to provide a view of the trends in qualitative research in the field of psychology. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503330


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Author Biographies

Silke-Birgitta Gahleitner, Alice-Salomon-Fachhochschule Berlin
Silke-Birgitta GAHLEITNER wrote her doctoral thesis on gender-specific modes of coping with sexual abuse at the Institute of Clinical Psychology of the Free University Berlin. She received her training in psychotherapy in Vienna (Austria) and is a licensed clinical social worker in Germany (ZKS). She is now working as a Professor for Psychology and Clinical Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen and as a lecturer at the first Clinical Social Work Masters degree program in Germany. Her main areas of work are: psycho-social counseling, psychotraumatology and trauma therapy, gender research and qualitative research methods.
Leo Gürtler, University of Education Weingarten
Leo GÜRTLER works as a psychologist at the Department of Educational Psychology, School for Education, University of Tübingen. He is a member of the Center for Qualitative Psychology and wrote his doctoral thesis on inner and outer perspectives on humorous actions in school and adult education. Vipassana Meditation was investigated as a supportive technique to develop insight into one's own thoughts, feelings, and actions to foster humor. His actual research interests are the Research Program Subjective Theories (German: "Forschungsprogramm Subjektive Theorien") and the finding of resilience mechanisms for recovery from drug addiction. He is at the end of his training as a family therapist.