Meeting 2005

The sixth annual meeting of Qualitative Psychology on

"Generalization in Qualitative Psychology" took place in Klagenfurt (Austria), October 21-23, 2005.

It was organized by Philipp Mayring, Institute for Psychology and Center for Evaluation and Research Consulting, University of Klagenfurt/Austria and the Center of Qualitative Psychology, University of Tübingen.

Generalization plays a similar role in science and in everyday life. Its main goal is to enable us to come to proper decisions without requiering a lot of energy (that is the processes of data collection, analysis, interpretation, ...). This is especially true in case of uncertainty or incomplete information. However, this quite broad and unspecified assumption derived from everyday life does not allow us to formulate how generalization can be realized in a scientific manner. Therefore, in this meeting the participants discussed

- general considerations of generalization,
- specific approaches to generalization, and
- examples of generalizing empirical findings.

Contributions to the Meeting


Development and future of the Center for Qualitative Psychology
Mechthild Kiegelmann

Part 1: General Considerations

Should we generalize? Anyway, we do it all the time in everyday life.
Leo Gürtler & Günter L. Huber

Generalisierung durch qualitative Heuristik
Thomas Burkart & Gerhard Kleining

Attempts not to over-generalize the results of metaphor analyses
Rudolf Schmitt

The identity politics of qualitative research. A discourse analytic inter-text
Pascal Dey & Julia Nentwich

Part 2: Specific Approaches to Generalization

Integrated methodology: From self-observation to debate groups to the design of intercultural educational materials and teacher training.
M.Concepción Dominguez & Antonio Medina Rivilla

From feedback about resources to the improvement of the curricular design of practical training as a generalization process
Tiberio Feliz Murias & M. Carmen Ricoy Lorenzo

Competencies design as a qualitative process of generalization. Designing the competencies of educators in the technological resources
M. Carmen Ricoy Lorenzo & Tiberio Feliz Murias

Youth welfare services and problems of borderline personality disorder
Silke Birgitta Gahleitner & Julia Markner

Part 3: Generalizing Empirical Findings

Intercultural competence for transnational co-operations between small and medium-sized enterprises in Austria and Hungary
Inge Herfort, Andreas Weiss & Martin Mühlberger

A study of training needs of adults in the 21st-century society: An integrated research model involving discussion groups, questionnaires, and case studies
Lorenzo Almazán Moreno & Ana Ortiz Colón

Problems of discipline and learning in the educational system
Samuel Gento & M.Concepción Domínguez

The relation of instructional quality to students' emotions in secondary schools - a qualitative-quantitative study
Michaela Gläser-Zikuda

The contributions to this meeting are available for download here:
> Contributions to the meeting 2005 (pdf) / Qualitative Psychology Nexus Vol. 05