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Qualitative Research Epistemology – Exploring 3 types of Qualitative Knowledge for appropriate methods selection

LOCATION:  TEL, Room Auditorium 3 (20th floor), Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, 10587 Berlin

Date/Time: 12.11.2018, 14:15-15:15 

SPEAKER: Kevin Wilson-Smith (University of Glasgow )


Qualitative Research is often discussed by the novice as a single macro research methodology in complete contrast to the realist position of the scientific method. The aim of this talk is to explore variations in  formal philosophical and epistemological positions available to qualitative researchers and to recognize 3 overarching types of knowledge that can emerge from qualitative analysis. When outlining the core defining features of these knowledge types, the talk will focus on how each respectively differs in relation to how each considers the role of theory, description versus interpretation, realism versus relativism, and politics.


Dr Wilson-Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Glasgow with a teaching focus on psychological research methods and Social Psychology. Dr Wilson-Smith is a Military Psychologist and wrote his thesis on “Returning from War: A phenomenological Analysis of the transition between military and civilian job role identities”. He currently has a number of national roles with the British Psychological Society including Vice Chair of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology, as well as sitting on the Research Board and national ethics committee.





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