AQM 2014 – Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference: A Ph.D. Student’s Experience

Written By: Christina Grant

Editor’s note: Throughout the TQ Workshop June 16-20, U of A writing studies instructor, longtime journalist, and Education PhD student Christina Grant blogged about her experiences in “The Lived Experience: A PhD student’s journey through the TQ Workshop.”  See:

The following is a final feature story on the 13th Annual Advances in Qualitative Methods (AQM) Conference June 23-25 in which she incorporates information and observations from several conference events and speakers—including keynote presenter Dr. Rosaline Barbour.

  A Quality Qualitative Conference: Some Highlights From the Floor

“IIQM will be a vital, collaborative and transformative hub for all those who seek to use and advance qualitative inquiry for a better world.” That’s a line from the IIQM’s vision statement, and, as I observed it from participants’ remarks, it captures the 2014 AQM Conference event.

“Here it’s so easy to talk about qualitative methods,” remarked research methodologist Charlene Pope of the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Centre Center in Charleston, South Carolina. She is principal investigator on a “StoryCall” project mixed methods study with a strong primary qualitative component which explores how caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease patients respond to 60-90 second mobile app stories on specific issues as a means of coping.

At home, she has fewer colleagues to talk with about qualitative methods and mentors other investigators who are developing health services research studies, but are new to qualitative or mixed methods research. But ensconced in the qualitative buzz of Edmonton’s conference, she was buoyant: “Here there’s a whole group of people who understand. I don’t have to provide a rationale or explain it.” She added that 10 years ago she “never would have predicted that grant reviewers would expect to see a qualitative component to research.” However, today, she said, it’s often “seen as a measure” of the proposal’s quality.


About IIQM

The International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) is an interdisciplinary institute based at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, but serves qualitative researchers around the world. IIQM was founded in 1998, with the primary goal of facilitating the development of qualitative research methods across a wide variety of academic disciplines. Today IIQM offers a wide variety of training and networking opportunities through our annual conferences, courses, workshops, and programs. We have provided this YouTube Channel and video clips as a resource for the qualitative research community at large in order to advance qualitative inquiry. Email: Twitter: @theIIQM Facebook: @IIQMUofA LinkedIn: International Institute of Qualitative Methodology Youtube: International Institute of Qualitative Methodology (IIQM)
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