Description: As the study of many scientific, technological and educational processes touches upon human beings and society, qualitative research methods are important tools for approaching the understanding and interpretation of these phenomena. Although reseaching qualities is part of the way in which different natural sciences and fields of engineering address some of their objects of study, the dominance of quantitative methods is dominant in these fields. The qualitative research methodologies addressed in this course are rooted in the traditions of the humanities and social sciences. The palette of qualitative methodologies is broad and its uses are varied in diverse fields of research. The course is specially designed for students in the first year of their studies. The course is suitable for students whose project is at the intersection of sciences and technology, and the human/social fields as the object of study and concern involves people and their relation with science and technology.

The course aims at: Offering an overview of the main assumptions and issues at stake when carrying qualitative research. Providing a frame for discussing the students’ own methodological design. Providing feedback on students’ problems and necessities regarding their methodological design when involving qualitative research methods.

Organizer: Professor Paola Valero, email

Lecturers: Professor Paola Valero, Assistant professor Chunfang Zhou


Time: 11-13 March, 2015 - 9:00-16:00

Place: Aalborg University, Niels Jernes Vej 12A/6 room 104

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 18 February