Skills taster sessions

Monday 13 June 1.15-2.00

Using family interviews in research with children and parents Jeni Harden & Alice Maclean
Ethics in ethnography with young people Emma Davidson & Christina McMellon
Social Media for academics Chris Berry

Tuesday 14 June 1.00-1.45

Sensitivity and vulnerability in research on families & relationships Amy Chandler & Fiona Morrison
Social Media for academics Chris Berry
Communicating your research Karen Seditas & Lesley Kelly

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Session outlines

Reflections on using family interviews in research with children and parents
In this workshop, we will share some reflections on our experiences of using family group interviews within a qualitative longitudinal study. We will discuss our reasons for including family interviews as well as our concerns about this. Using data and field-note extracts we will highlight some issues that arose and outline the analytical challenges that we faced. We would like this session to be interactive and will welcome delegates’ ideas, experiences, questions and comments on the topic.

Dr Jeni Harden is a Co-Director of CRFR and a Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Health at the Centre for Population Heath Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Dr Alice Maclean is an Investigator Scientist at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow

Ethics in ethnography with young people
Using discussion scenarios from ethnographies with young people in both the majority and minority world, we will explore the intersection between ethics and methodology, and the ongoing ethical negotiations faced by the ethnographer.

Reflecting on our own experiences of ethnographic research, we will ask the following questions:

  • Are the use of participatory methods in ethnography necessarily more ethical than other approaches?
  • How ‘real’ is research consent in the context of ongoing relationships with researchers?
  • What are the boundaries of data collection in ethnography? (How do I decide what I need to know? What to do with stories I’m told that I don’t need to know?)
  • Are there limits to meaningful participation in academic research? (Whose research is it anyway?)

Dr Emma Davidson is a Research Fellow at CRFR

Dr Christina McMellon is a Research Fellow at CRFR

Sensitivity and vulnerability in research on families and relationships
This workshop will support critical, reflective and participatory discussion on working with ‘sensitive’ issues in research on families and relationships. We will focus on challenges that researchers may face when engaged in such research, including: public engagement, and defining ‘sensitivity’ and ‘vulnerability’ when negotiating practical and ethical arrangements for research.

Dr Amy Chandler is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Lincoln

Dr Fiona Morrison is a Research Fellow at CRFR

Social Media for academics
How can academic researchers can use social media, in particular blogging and Twitter, to connect with knowledge users and other academics, and to promote their work? This session with outline the benefits of connecting with others in this way and will provide some helpful hints and tips to maximise engagement.

Chris Berry is the Knowledge Exchange & Impact Office for the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.

Communicating your research

How can you maximise the impact of your research through identifying and engaging with your stakeholders? This session will provide some helpful hints for communicating your research.

Karen Seditas is a Project Manager at CRFR for What Works Scotland

Lesley Kelly is the Knowledge Exchange and Communications Co-ordinator at CRFR

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