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

2 day course:  Monday, 20th - Tuesday, 21st November 2017


2 day course: Monday, 20th - Tuesday, 21st November 2017


Start: TBC

Finish: TBC


£599 - Early Bird Rate - for confirmed bookings received on or before midnight on Wednesday, 20th September 2017.

£699 - Standard Rate - for confirmed bookings received on or after Thursday, 21st September 2017.

Bookings for this course will close at midnight on Sunday, 12th November 2017.

Booking and Payment

Bookings are now being accepted for this course.  All of our short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store.  Payment 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.uk.  Bookings are not confirmed until PO has been received by the Short Course Unit.

Bookings close at midnight on Sunday, 12th November 2017.

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 on USB) and teaching fees.  No accommodation is included.

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please contact the Short Course Unit with your requirements at the time of booking.



Level 5, Student's Union Building, Durham Road, Sheffield, S10 2TG.



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

A copy of all course materials will be provided on USB during registration on the first day.

Course Faculty

Nasrin Nasr

Steven Ariss

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