Experiential Research Approaches (ERA):  Qualitative Methods using Observation, Description and Interpretation

2 day course:  Tuesday, 19th - Wednesday, 20th November 2019


2 day course:  Tuesday, 19th - Wednesday, 20th November 2019


Day 1:  Starts at 9:30am with Registration and Refreshments, and is scheduled to finish at 5pm.  There will also be a Course Evening Dinner, taking place at 7pm that all delegates are invited to attend (there is no additional cost for this).

Day 2:  Starts at 9:30am, and is scheduled to finish at 4:45pm.


£599 - Early Bird Rate for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on Thursday, 19th September 2019.

£699 - Standard Rate for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on Tuesday, 12th November 2019, or until the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

We also offer a 20% discount for group bookings of 4 or more people on the same course. Please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk to book. NB: This discount cannot be applied at checkout or after a booking has taken place. ALL group bookings must be made directly with Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

Bookings for this course will automatically close at 11pm on Tuesday, 12th November 2019.

Booking and Payment

This course is live on our Online Store, and we are currently taking bookings.

All of our short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store.  Payment or Purchase Order is required at the time of booking (Credit/Debit card or PayPal is accepted).

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, please select this option on the Online Store then forward an electronic copy of the actual purchase order to scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.ukBookings via Invoice are not confirmed until the Booking AND PO have been received by the Short Course Unit.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on Tuesday, 12th November 2019.

If you have any queries relating to fees and payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Accommodation and Meals

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the 2 days plus all course materials (provided via a delegate Course Website) and teaching fees. Delegates are also invited to attend a Course Evening Dinner from 7pm, on Day 1 (there is no additional charge to attend).  Further details of this will be provided upon receipt of your booking, nearer to the time.

No accommodation is included.  We do however, have a preferential rate at Halifax Hall of £70 per night and £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel, which is situated behind Halifax Hall.  Details of how to book at these rates will be automatically provided in your confirmation email from myself via the Online Store.

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please contact the Short Course Unit with your requirements at the time of booking and/or ensure you provide details on your booking.


Halifax Hall Hotel & Conference Centre

Endcliffe Vale Road


S10 3ER



For further information please do not hesitate to contact the Short Course Unit via email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk

or call +44 (0)114 222 2968.

This course is primarily focused on qualitative research methods that explore experiential, practical and situated knowledge grounded in personal and shared experiences and pragmatic philosophies. It aims to introduce three qualitative methods: Phenomenology/Hermeneutics, Narrative and Ethnomethodology/Conversation Analysis.

Who will benefit from this course?

The course mostly will be using examples from health and social care. However, the general principles are transferable to any area of investigation, and will benefit anyone with an interest in qualitative methods especially those who believe in context-dependent and value based methods to understand human experiences:
• Academics & Researchers
• Health and social care practitioners and managers
• Public health practitioners
• Service improvement specialists
• Implementation scientists
• Post graduate research students
• Health care designers
• Evaluators of complex health and social care interventions/programmes including health technologies

Expected Outcomes

By the end of this programme participants will be able to:
• Identify the philosophical underpinnings of experiential research methods
• Reflect on some of the ideas that guide experiential research approaches and their suitability for specific research questions
• Understand some similarities and differences between approaches
• Understand the use of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis with interview transcripts
• Describe key principles of Ethnomethodological approaches for observational research
• Describe the key principles and techniques of Conversation Analysis (CA)
• Discuss the strengths and limitations of CA as a method for investigating interactions
• Analyse CA transcripts to identify some important features of interaction
• Describe models of narrative; chronological vs experiential/narrative model of time and their features
• Appreciate differences between narrative interviews and research interviews
• Analyse narrative accounts focusing on linguistic approaches and positioning/identity theories.

Course Materials

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date.   Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary. Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website.

Course Faculty

Steven Ariss and Nasrin Nasr