Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The teaching of qualitative research methods in information systems: an explorative study utilizing learning theory

an article by Robert D Galliers (Bentley University, Massachusetts) and Jimmy C Huang (Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick) published in European Journal of Information Systems Volume 21 Issue 2 (March 2012)


Empirical evidence suggests that the Information Systems field continues to be dominated by the positivist paradigm and the use of quantitative methods. This is so despite the diversity of research methods available, the emergence of an interpretivist tradition, and some isolated examples of methodological pluralism.

While there have been significant contributions in guiding qualitative research methods teaching, little research has been undertaken that considers the training actually provided, and the possible impacts this may have on the quality and quantity of qualitative research articles in our journals. This explorative study aims to provide some insight into what training is provided, the issues confronted, and possible impediments to publishing qualitative research.

Data were collected from interviews with a panel of international colleagues who have a range of experience in teaching and applying qualitative methods. Grounded Theory is used to identify emergent and interconnected themes. Experiential and social learning lenses are used to reflect on the results, providing some initial understanding of the complexities of teaching and undertaking qualitative research.

Theoretical as well as practical contributions are made regarding the means by which qualitative research may be introduced, developed and extended within the IS academy, and further theorisation of social and experiential learning.

Hazel’s comment:
Whilst trying to find the volume/issue number I came across this interesting figure from the article.

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