Meeting 2006

The sixth volume of the Qualitative Psychology Nexus on

"Qualitative Psychology in the Changing Academic Context"

comprises documents and contributions of the seventh international meeting on qualitative psychology. It was organized by EARLI SIG 17 "Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to Learning and Instruction", the Centre for Qualitative Psychology and the University of Latvia to deepen our joint understanding of learning and instruction in the changing academic context. It took place in Riga (Latvia), October 20-22, 2006 as the SIG 17 meeting between the biannual EARLI conferences. The workshop was held in the guest house Medzabaki, in Lilaste, about 30 km from Riga. There were 28 participants from seven countries - Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Sweden and Latvia. The participants focused on discussing the contributions of qualitatively oriented psychologists in Europe and the changes that are taking place currently in the European academic world following the Bologna process.

The presenters touched upon really topical issues concerning changes in higher education following the decisions of the Bologna Process, the latest ideas concerning qualitative research and how qualitative methods work in pedagogy and psychology:

- The role of the Bologna process for the institutionalization of qualitative research methods;
- Teaching qualitative methods in the BA/MA system;
- The role of qualitative research methods in the restructuring-process;
- Implementation of Qualitative research in the BA/MA programmes;
- Potentials for interdisciplinary approaches;
- Purpose of qualitative methods in psychology and pedagogy;
- Contribution of the presenters' studies to promote the development of academic psychology and pedagogy.

Contributions to the Meeting

Introduction and Overview

Irina Maslo & Mechthild Kiegelmann

Part One: Concerning Qualitative Research in Changing Academic Context

From Quasi-Experimental to Qualitative Approach: Use of Mixed Methods in the International Collaboration of Researchers
Irina Maslo & Günter L. Huber

Empirical Justification of the Interuniversity Joint Master Degree on "Educational Treatment of Diversity"
Samuel Gento, Antonio Medina, & Concepción Domínguez

Improving the Intercultural Competence of Engineering Students at the University
Inge Herfort & Andreas Weiss

Basic Considerations about an Archive Concept for Qualitative Interview-Data
Andreas Witzel

Part Two: Qualitative Approach in the Restructuring Processes: Diversity, Inter-and Multicultural Issues

Parents' Perspectives on Fostering Self-Determination Skills in Their Children with Disabilities
Annette Ullrich, Wendy Wood, & Leslie Cook

Evaluation of Didactic Means and Their Formational Skills for Developing Interculturality
Antonio Medina, Concepción Dominguez, & Samuel Gento

A Qualitative Approach to Research of Integration as Value Orientation of Youth in Rezekne, Latvia, in a Multicultural Media Environment as a Learning Place
Tamara Pigozne & Irina Maslo

Qualitative Research Methods: "Analysis of Interviews and Focus Group about Strategies of Learning in Primary School Paying Attention to the Students of Foreign Origin"
Cristina Sánchez Romero

A Qualitative Approach to Research of Understanding of Children's Social Competence and the Opportunities for Its Development
Svetlana Surikova

Part Three: Potentials for Interdisciplinary Approaches and Purpose of Qualitative Research Methods: Lifelong Learning and Education Issues

A Combination of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods for Data Sequential Analysis in PhD Thesis "Transdisciplinarity of Learning for Promoting Physical Literacy"
Andra Fernate

An Evaluation Research for Supporting of Studentsí ESP Competence in the Studies of a Higher Educational Establishment
Ineta Luka

The Basic Concept for Following and Evaluating of Learning/Teaching in Evaluation Process: the Role of Teachers - or - What Do Teachers Really Need to Teach?
Heidi Flavian

Implementation of Humanistic Principles of Teaching for Improving Learning of ICT for Adult students
Rita Birzina

Developing Students' Enterprise: the Gap between the Needs and the Reality
Karine Oganisjana & Tatjana Koke

The contributions to this meeting are available for download here:
> Contributions to the meeting 2006 (pdf) / Qualitative Psychology Nexus Vol. 06