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Reusing Qualitative Data for Teaching Purposes

Presenter 1
Bethany Morgan
UK Data Archive, ESDS Qualidata
Presenter 2
Dimitris Vonofakos
UK Data Archive, ESDS Qualidata
Presenter 3
Richard Deswarte (presenter)
UK Data Archive, ESDS Qualidata

Qualidata at the UK Data Archive has recently completed two on-line teaching resources, specifically designed to assist qualitative methods teaching. The first resource distinguishes different types of interviewing, whilst highlighting and promoting some of the most important collections held in the archive. It offers summaries of seven distinct interview types: structured, unstructured, semi-structured, feminist, psycho-social, oral history and life story interviews. Each typology begins with a summary of what characterises that particular type of interview and is illustrated by selected extracts from some of the most interesting studies held in the UKDA. The second resource looks at five non-interview qualitative methods, including focus groups, the written word, ethnography, visual methods and the Internet, once again using examples from archived collections.

This paper provides an introduction to Qualidata's teaching resources and demonstrates their potential uses for researchers and methods teachers. It highlights the challenges to reusing qualitative collections for teaching purposes, such as issues of distinguishing research styles, the dissemination of the collections and resources, gaining permissions from depositors, and addressing issues of confidentiality and anonymisation. It further discusses the complex interplay between qualitative methods and data collection.

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