Title

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Reflecting on Qualitative Research’s Past and Forecasting Its Future

Location

Knight Auditorium

Format Type

Plenary

Start Date

10-1-2015 4:00 PM

End Date

10-1-2015 5:00 PM

Abstract

Twenty-five years ago we started The Qualitative Report (TQR) in a world much different than what we see today in education, business, and technology; and in our lives in general. The degree to which qualitative research was practiced, published, and appreciated was in distinct contrast to its wider distribution, acceptance, and popularity today. How this quarter century of expansion and proliferation predicts the next twenty-five years for qualitative research is debatable, but we at TQR want to explore this topic in a year-long inquiry into yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We start the process in earnest today at the sixth The Qualitative Report Annual Conference when we explore some of the main trends of qualitative inquiry, product, and training from the 1980's to 2015 and suggested some possible new and novel trajectories for 2015 and beyond. We then will outline the activities the TQR community will sponsor all 2015 culminating in the 2016 TQR conference with its theme, "The Futures of Qualitative Inquiries."

Comments

Ronald J. Chenail, Ph.D., is Associate Provost, Interim Dean of the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education, Professor of Family Therapy, and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Program at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Since 1990, he has secured 12 grants and contracts totally over $1,000,000, published over 120 publications including five books, and given over 180 formal academic presentations at conferences and meetings. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT), the flagship research journal of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), for two terms. He founded The Qualitative Report (TQR), the world's first online, open-access trans-disciplinary qualitative research journal in 1990, and remains the journal's editor-in-chief.

Sally St. George is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary and a Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre. She conducts workshops on family therapy and qualitative inquiry. Sally serves on the Boards of Directors for the Taos Institute, an organization dedicated to developing social constructionist practices world-wide, and the Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work, which involves co-developing transformative practices in social work education. For the last 20 years, Sally has worked on The Qualitative Report and is currently Senior Editor for this online journal.

Dan Wulff is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary and served as a Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre for the past 6 years. Dan also serves on the Boards of Directors for the Taos Institute and the Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work as well as serving as a Co-Editor of The Qualitative Report. Dan teaches graduate level social work practice and research courses and has taught post-structural family therapy at Blue Quills College and Grande Prairie Regional College, both in northern Alberta.

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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Reflecting on Qualitative Research’s Past and Forecasting Its Future

Knight Auditorium

Twenty-five years ago we started The Qualitative Report (TQR) in a world much different than what we see today in education, business, and technology; and in our lives in general. The degree to which qualitative research was practiced, published, and appreciated was in distinct contrast to its wider distribution, acceptance, and popularity today. How this quarter century of expansion and proliferation predicts the next twenty-five years for qualitative research is debatable, but we at TQR want to explore this topic in a year-long inquiry into yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We start the process in earnest today at the sixth The Qualitative Report Annual Conference when we explore some of the main trends of qualitative inquiry, product, and training from the 1980's to 2015 and suggested some possible new and novel trajectories for 2015 and beyond. We then will outline the activities the TQR community will sponsor all 2015 culminating in the 2016 TQR conference with its theme, "The Futures of Qualitative Inquiries."