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REQUALLO – Related projects in the UK

Over recent years a few nationally funded projects have addressed the support of research methods training.

V-ResORT logoV-ResORT (Virtual Resources for Online Research Training)

Dr Gordon Joyes (The University of Nottingham), Sheena Banks (University of Sheffield), Trevor Grimshaw (University of Bath), Mike Blamires (Canterbury Christ Church University College).

A free-to-use website (though you will need Internet Explorer running on a PC) that contains

  • Full video narratives of research in which Masters and Doctoral students and experienced researchers exploring their research against a standard conceptual framework which supports navigation through the materials
  • Discussant video narratives provided by experienced researchers problematising aspects of research arising from the research video narratives
  • Skills training in relation to the research approaches discussed in the research video narratives
  • Indicative resources to support aspects of research methodology and methods, e.g. PowerPoints, books, web links
  • A search engine that enables users to locate video clips covering key aspects of research, i.e. ethical issues, analysis, data collection methods etc.

These are mainly from an educational background, but are of wider relevance in the social sciences.

The project has received funding from HEFCE to extend its work until December 2008. This will support the integration of the V-ResORT resources into a virtual graduate school for use across the Social Sciences, the incorporation of additional narratives from other universities and the development of the resource for use within Nursing and Health Studies.

Politics Active Research Learning Environment (PARLE)

David Middleton and many others

The project produced a high quality DVD on postgraduate research training, using an interactive multi-media package containing audio, visual and textual components. The DVD 'Doing Political Research' was launched in June 2007 at the Houses of Parliament in London.

It includes detailed resources on how to undertake a qualitative research interview and also some information about undertaking discourse analysis. Whilst the focus is on politics, the examples are relevant to many other disciplines.

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Moving Images: Teaching Interviewing Skills in a University Social Work Department
FDTL1 project 1996-1999

Juliet Koprowska with Hicks, L., McCluskey, U., Fisher, T. & Wishart, J.

This video and booklet show how to create a learning environment which enables students to learn skills in analysis, evaluation and reflection in complex situations. A course in interviewing skills is described where an innovative model for small group management and feedback has been developed. The video includes live illustrations of work done by tutors and students. The model aims to provide clear information and comment on professional practice. The materials may be used by tutors or trainers to learn the methods, and could also be used to induct students into the approach.

The model has been developed within a social work framework, but has relevance for: teachers of counselling and communication skills in all the health professions; for people involved in small group teaching, especially if using peer and self-assessment; and for staff developers. (Video lasts 46 minutes.)

Available from the project team, or use order form on the website.

The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs)

The RLO-CETL is funded by HEFCE, and is developing a range of multimedia learning objects that can be stored in repositories, accessed over the Web, and integrated into course delivery.

London Metropolitan University is the lead site, in partnership with the Universities of Cambridge and Nottingham.

Some of the RLOs focus on research methods and some address qualitative research.

ESDS Qualidata: Exploring divers interview types logosESDS Qualidata: Exploring divers interview types logos

ESDS Qualidata teaching resource: exploring diverse interview types

This teaching pack provides instructors and students with materials designed to assist in teaching qualitative interviewing. ESDS Qualidata's aim in creating this pack is to illustrate interview methods using its extensive data collection held as part of the UK Data Archive (UKDA) holdings, and, in particular, to assist instructors who have limited research materials of their own. The pack provides brief summaries of several different interviewing techniques and each summary is accompanied by full transcripts or excerpts and the interview schedule (or guidance notes). It concludes with selected references and practical suggestions for how to use the materials for teaching.

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