Qualitative Methods in Israel


  • Shalva Weil Hebrew University




Israel, qualitative methods courses, journal articles, national experience, theories and methods


This paper surveys the evolution and cur­rent state of the art of qualitative methods as an academic discipline in Israel. By means of a survey carried out especially for this issue of FQS, the paper documents the prevalence of qualitative courses in Israel's institutions of higher learning and other networks which promote qualitative re­search. In addition, the article presents the findings of a separate survey carried out for this issue of all articles published in the past decade in Israel's foremost behavioural science journal "Megamot". It documents the methods used by Israeli scholars, as well as their new and emerging areas of inter­est. The article demonstrates that in recent years there has been a steady increase in interest in qualitative research in Israel. Finally, the paper discusses whether national experience shapes the selection of social scientific methods, and comes to the conclusion that it influences the research area studied but does not necessarily affect the methods used. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503462


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Author Biography

Shalva Weil, Hebrew University

Dr. Shalva WEIL Present position: Senior Researcher, NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. President of SOSTEJE (Society for the Study of Ethiopian Jewry), and President of the Research Network "Qualitative Methods" of the European Sociological Association (ESA). Major research areas: qualitative methodology; anthropology of India and Ethiopia; ritual, ethnicity and diasporas.




How to Cite

Weil, S. (2005). Qualitative Methods in Israel. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-6.3.9



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