Celebrations amongst challenges: Considering the past, present and future of the qualitative methods in psychology section of the British Psychology Society

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

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    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 United Kingdom. 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 not only how qualitative methods are valued in the United Kingdom 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 qualitive researchers. Part three highlights some of the significant contributions of UK-based qualitative researchers 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
    Pages (from-to)464-482
    Number of pages19
    JournalQualitative Research in Psychology
    Issue number3
    Early online date22 May 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Bibliographical note

    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Psychology on 22/05/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14780887.2019.1605275

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    • British Psychological Society
    • Open Science
    • QMiP
    • qualitative methods
    • Research Excellence Framework
    • United Kingdom

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychology(all)


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