-Are you a graduate student doing/thinking/planning/engaging qualitative research?
-Is there an issue that has you particularly vexed? Do you feel stuck, perplexed, haunted, paralyzed, excited, intrigued, or all of these and more?
-Would you like help thinking through your qualitative research quandary?
We all experience moments of "stuckness" in qualitative research, moments when we are not sure how to proceed with our research. We might be stuck with theory (How can I theorize this? Do I have the 'right' theory? Why is theory messing up my life?), stuck with design (How do I design this qualitative project? How do I do this qualitative project?), stuck with data (What is my data? How do I collect it? How do I analyze it?), stuck with writing-up, communicating, sharing research. Stuck with ethics. Or stuck in other ways not listed here.
If any of this sounds familiar, we invite you to apply to participate in a new Graduate Student Mentoring Session during the 2017 AERA. During this session you will meet with 4-6 senior qualitative scholars who will help you think through/with/about your stuck place. Maybe something one or more of them says will help you see your stuck place in a new light, lead to new insights or solutions, and/or open up spaces for more exciting puzzles.
To apply for the Graduate Student Mentoring Session, please submit a 3-5 page description of your qualitative "stuckness" by September 15, 2016 to Sarah Bridges-Rhoads, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include in your application:
1. Information about you, your institution, and where you are in your graduate program
2. A brief description of your qualitative project
3. A description of where, how, and why you feel "stuck"
4. A discussion of what you hope to get from this mentoring session
5. A list of qualitative scholars you think would best help you (optional)
We anticipate selecting 8-10 applications and will inform all applicants of their acceptance in early November 2016. Selected applicants' names will appear in the 2017 AERA program.
If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Bridges-Rhoads, email@example.com.