Celebrations amongst challenges: Considering the past, present and future of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) section of the British Psychological Society

Sarah Riley, Joanna Brooks, Simon Goodman, Sharon Cahill, Peter Branney, Gareth Treharne, Cath Sullivan

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Abstract

This article summarises the standpoint of the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society regarding the current position of qualitative research in psychology in the UK. The article is in three parts. Part one documents the historical development of the section, outlining its rationale, remit and current activities. These activities aim to champion and develop qualitative methods in psychology, supporting high quality work regardless of epistemological or ontological position. Part two considers the current context of our work, describing how qualitative methods are valued in the UK, but also how this recognition is undermined, particularly through the operationalisation of our national research assessment (the Research Excellence Framework). We also consider the challenges that Open Science poses for qualitative researchers. Part three highlights some of the significant contributions UK-based qualitative researchers have made to psychology, with a particular focus on feminist-informed research, discourse analysis, and interpretative phenomenological analysis; before pointing to future exciting possibilities based on research exploring the affordances of digital technologies and innovative synthesising across epistemologies and disciplinary boundaries
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Research in Psychology
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Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2019

Keywords

  • qualitative methods
  • Open Science
  • Research Excellence Framework

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