Conference Report: Seventh Annual Meeting of the Center for Qualitative Psychology: Qualitative Research in the Changing Academic Context

  • Taylor Adams University of Magdeburg
  • Annette Ullrich University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Keywords: qualitative research, qualitative psychology, education, pedagogy, Bologna process, workshop, conference, methods, psychology, networking

Abstract

This conference report gives an overview of the 7th conference of the Center for Qualitative Psychology that took place in Riga, Latvia from October 20-22, 2006. The main theme discussed during the conference was the role of qualitative research (specifically in psychology and pedagogy) in the currently changing academic context due to the restructuring of European Higher Education Institutions in the Bologna process. The Bologna reform is discussed in depth and qualitative research is presented as being both disruptive and promising in the academic context. Ideas are raised for how qualitative research can find its place in this changing system, including creating joint inter-university programs, increasing the accessibility of qualitative data and methods, and using qualitative methods to best prepare students for professional employment. Other themes presented in the workgroups focused on the use of qualitative methods in teaching and learning processes and in multicultural and intercultural contexts. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs080369

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Author Biographies

Taylor Adams, University of Magdeburg
Taylor ADAMS has a Bachelor in Psychology from Simon Fraser University in Canada. She is currently finishing a Diploma in Psychology at the University of Magdeburg in Germany. Her current research interests include the development of body image in young women and the prevention of eating disorders.
Annette Ullrich, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Annette ULLRICH has a Diploma in Social Work and in Education. After working with individuals with disabilities in Germany, Canada, and Australia, she is now a doctoral student in Special Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Her current research interests include qualitative methodologies, severe disabilities, behavior management, and teacher stress.
Published
2008-07-13
Section
FQS Conferences