Meeting 2008

Volume 8 of the Qualitative Psychology Nexus on

"Epistemologies for Qualitative Research"

comprises contributions of the 9th international meeting of the Center for Qualitative Psychology. It was held in Northern Finland, near to the city of Oulu.
The seminar was started with two crucial questions leading the participants to the theme of the conference. The orientation followed the line of the former meetings of the Center for Qualitative Research in Psychology helping participants to reflect own ways of doing psychological research.
In the beginning of the conference we asked the conference participants a very simple question or a question which sounds simple: What do you want to know about epistemology? In small groups the participants expressed they wanted to find answers to questions like

- What is epistemology?
- Are there many epistemologies?
- What do we mean by epistemology?
- What epistemological approaches do we have in psychology?

During the two conference days these questions we reformulated and new themes were elaborated by the participants. At the end of the seminar the participants were finally asked "In what questions did you find answers?"
This volume presents contributions on four topics of qualitative research in psychology and education. It tries to highlight and illustrate the variety of epistemologies and the personal stance every researcher has to take to these questions.

Contributions to the Meeting


Epistemology - A Tool or a Stance?
Hannu Soini & Eeva-Liisa Kronqvist

Chapter I

Epistemological Heuristics for Qualitative Research.
Joseph Maxwell

Chapter II

The World According to Players of "Killer Games" - a Constructivist Approach to Player Thinking.
Günter L. Huber

Designing Research on the Popular Practice of Baby Signing.
Mechthild Kiegelmann

Chapter III

Qualitative Analysis of Possibilities and Difficulties of Inclusion of Quality.
Samuel Gento, Antonio Medina & Jorge Pina

Formation of Teachers Using their Self-experience: Emergence of Constructional Models of Professional and Intercultural Knowledge.
María Concepción Domínguez, Antonio Medina & Jorge Pina.

Qualitative Methods in Vocational Education and Work Psychology Research: Results from Expert Interviews in High Technology Vocational Training.
Karin Schweizer & Petra Korte

Chapter IV

Bridging the Gap Between Personal and Social Construction: Discourse Analysis and PCP Techniques.
Jelena Pavlovic

From Empathy to its Finnish Equivalent How Should We Understand Experiences?
Teemu Suorsa

Interview as Procedure in the Practice of Architects.
Sálvora Feliz, Tiberio Feliz & María Carmen Ricoy

Diaries and Self-Reflection in the Practical Training.
Maria Carmen Ricoy, Sálvora Feliz & Tiberio Feliz

The contributions to this meeting are available for download here:
> Contributions to the meeting 2008 (pdf) / Qualitative Psychology Nexus Vol. 08