Meeting 2003

The fourth annual meeting of Qualitative Psychology on

"Areas of Qualitative Psychology - Special Focus on Design"

took place in Blaubeuren (near Ulm, Germany) Oct., 22-24, 2003 and was organized by the Center for Qualitative Psychology (Tübingen, Germany).

The question of Research Design was chosen as the central topic of the conference. Researchers from different professions took part. The range of experience of the participants was very heterogeneous: Beginning with young researchers, different levels of expertise were represented (up to and including very experienced scholars and researchers). Participants also came from different countries. The main work was done in small working groups. In these groups each study and its outcome(s) was critically discussed and remarked upon. Plenum lectures were also held, in which selected experts presented their thoughts on the central topic - research design.

To demonstrate design structures, three plenum presentations and discussions were held at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the conference. These sessions were organized by experts in order to foster an understanding of professional decision making in the process of designing qualitative psychological research. The experts were in charge were: (a) Jarg Bergold, (b) Günter L. Huber and Mechthild Kiegelmann, and (c) Thomas Burkart, Gerhard Kleining, and Harald Witt.

Jarg Bergold opened with fundamental thoughts about professional decision making, supported by a review of the literature. Kiegelmann and Huber concentrated mainly on promoting discussion between the conference members and emphasized the need to use a circular approach to optimize the research. Kleining, Burkart and Witt focused attention on a theory of feeling (Burkart) - including criticism of the development and basic assumptions of that theory (Witt). Finally, Kleining explored and illustrated his method of a qualitative-heuristic approach to theory building.

Contributions to the Meeting

Introduction and Overview
Leo Gürtler and Silke-Birgitta Gahleitner

Design in Qualitative Psychology
Mechthild Kiegelmann and Günter L. Huber

Designing the Move from Data to a Theory of Feeling

(1) The Qualitative-Heuristic Approach to Theory
Gerhard Kleining

(2) Some Questions and Answers about the Qualitative-Heuristic Approach to Theory
Leo Gürtler and Gerhard Kleining

(3) Towards a Dialectic Theory of Feeling
Thomas Burkart

(4) Questioning Burkart's Theory of Feeling
Harald Witt

(5) Some Conclusions
Thomas Burkart

The Application of a Grounded Theory-Based Research Design for Analyzing Caregiver Burden. How to Increase the Specificity of Concepts
Jeannette Bischkopf, Anna Auckenthaler, and Christian Stiglmayr

Qualitative Research in Intercultural Processes in the Fields of Geography and History in Secondary Education
Ma. Concepción Domínguez Garrido and Antonio Medina Rivilla

Step by Step: The Significance of the Open Qualitative Research Process for Gender Research
Silke-Birgitta Gahleitner

The Axiologial Bases of a New Curricum Design
Samuel Gento Palacios, M Concepción a Domínguez Garrido, and Antonio Medina Rivilla

How Do Students Feel in Open and Direct Instruction? A Study with Mixed Methods
Michaela Gläser-Zikuda and Hanne Schuster

Qualitative Video Analysis: Design of a Study on the Function of Humor in Teaching Discourses on Mindfulness
Leo Gürtler

Qualitative Analysis "cis transcriptionae": Direct Processing of Sound and Video Data
Günter L. Huber

Qualitative Methods in Evaluation Studies
Günter L. Huber

Contribution of a Modified Global Analysis to a Qualitative Heuristic Analysis
Karin Jeschke

Living with Persons with Disabilities: Perspectives of L’Arche Assistants
Levan Lim and Annette Ullrich

Collaboration in Computer Assisted Qualitative Research
Gunârs Strods, Liesma Ose, Tamâra Skoromka, and Irîna Maslo

The Importance of Emotion and Rhythm for Learning
Hannu Soini and Mark Flynn

Online Survey + Qualitative Analysis + Quantitative Results = Possible & Reasonable?
Meike Watzlawik

The contributions to this meeting are available for download here:
> Contributions to the meeting 2003 (pdf) / Qualitative Psychology Nexus Vol. 04