Meeting 2002

The third volume of the Qualitative Psychology Nexus documents the contributions and discussions at the third international workshop on qualitative psychology, organized by the Center for Qualitative Psychology under the title

"Research Questions and Matching Methods of Analysis"

The meeting took place in October 2002 in Perlora, Spain. The ongoing efforts of our Spanish colleagues, especially Ramón Pérez Pérez and Olga Pérez, made it possible for this meeting to take place at a wonderful retreat center in Perlora - just weeks before its beautiful beach was polluted by an oil spill.

The opening section of this book documents how we began our discussion on matching research questions with methods of analysis: several authors illustrated their approach by analyzing the same text, namely the first chapter of Cervantes' book "Don Quixote." The various methods and research results presented in this opening panel provided an illuminating start for the ongoing discussions of how to apply research methods that are appropriate to the research question chosen.

Then, during intensive parallel workgroups, speakers presented and discussed their individual papers in depth, using their own work to exemplify how they matched methods and research questions. The papers from these workgroups follow those analyzing Cervantes.

Since a primary purpose of the Center for Qualitative Psychology is for researchers in this field to collaborate and to network, the third section of this issue of Qualitative Psychology Nexus includes documents produced within roundtable discussions at the workshop. These roundtables are a forum for researchers to connect, to discuss common interests, and to begin new joint projects.

Contributions to the Meeting

Part One: Don Quixote as "Data"

The Qualitative-Heuristic Method of Text Analysis: Chapter I of Cervantes' Don Quixote as Example
Gerhard Kleining

Methods of Qualitative Research for the Interpretation of Chapter I of Don Quixote
Antonio Medina and Concepcíon Domínguez

Illustrating the Voice Method Using the Example of Cervantes' Don Quixote
Mechthild Kiegelmann

A Quantitative Approach to the Analysis of Cervantes' Don Quixote
Günter L. Huber

Preparations for the Redemption of the World: Distribution of Words and Modalities in Chapter I of Don Quixote
Harald Schweizer

Part Two: Group Sessions

Workgroup 1

A Qualitative-Heuristic Study of Feeling
Thomas Burkart

CHICAM (Cildren in Communication About Migration): An Intercultural Research Project Exploring the Possibilities of Intercultural Communication through Children's Media Productions
Peter Holzwarth und Björn Maurer

The Educational Value of Chapter I of Cervantes' Don Quixote: Inter-Disciplinary Development and Analysis of Teachers' Discourse
Antonio Medina, María Conchita Domínguez, Ramón Pérez and Tiberio Feliz

Workgroup 2

Gender Differences as Relational Processes: Reflecting reality Constructions in Interviews
Julia C. Nentwich

Gender-Specific Aspects of Coming to Terms with Sexual Abuse: Results of a Qualitative Study
Silke-Birgitta Gahleitner

Using a Feminist Approach in Researching Disability Issues
Levan Lim and Annette Ullrich

Workgroup 3

Classical Test Theory Revised: A Critical Discussion from a Constructivist Position Using Buddhist Psychological Considerations
Leo Gürtler

Questions about New Technologies and Qualitative Educational Research in Cyberspace
Daniel Domínguez Figaredo

Using Qualitative Methods to Evaluate Learning Software: The Example of a Problem-Oriented Patient Simulation
Thomas Link and Michael Schmidts

Roundtables and Discussion

Comments on Hermeneutic Approaches in Qualitative Analysis
Harald Schweizer

Ethics in Qualitative Research - Next Steps
Silke-Birgitta Gahleitner

The contributions to this meeting are available for download here:
> Contributions to the meeting 2002 (pdf) / Qualitative Psychology Nexus Vol. 03