Category Archives: publications

Institutional Review Blog

The Institutional Review Blog focuses on news and analyses related to ethics in social sciences.

Here is a sample of recent posts:
Fredericton to Host Summit on Research-Ethics Review Alternatives – Monday, September 17, 2012
Could Guidance and Feedback Replace Rote Compliance? – Sunday, September 16, 2012
I Review van den Hoonaard, The Seduction of Ethics – Wednesday, September 12, 2012
OHRP Calls for 2013 SACHRP Nominations Without Announcing 2012 Appointments – Sunday, September 09, 2012
Can an IRB Ban a Researcher? – Friday, September 07, 2012

Arts based research

Arts Based Studio’s Blog is a good resource for those interested in arts based research. The blog is described as: “an informal group of researchers who
generally hold to a sense that various forms of artistic expression can and does compel one’s attention in a way that tacitly suggests art, as a particular way of knowing things, engages our fuller consciousness.” There are notifications of events at the Arts Based Studio at the University of Alberta, as well as stories and links to other resources.

discussion of qualitative data analysis software

Just published issue of Forum: Qualitative Social Research focusing on qualitative data analysis software from multiple perspectives.

The KWALON Experiment: Discussions on Qualitative Data Analysis Software by Developers and Users
Vol 12, No 1 (2011)
Edited by Jeanine Evers, Katja Mruck, Christina Silver & Bart Peeters in cooperation with Silvana di Gregorio & Clare Tagg

The Society Pages ~ social science that matters

The Society Pages is a portal to a number of blogs that highlight sociological investigations, of a traditional scholarly type and a more hip modern types as well. Sociological Images focuses on images that inform and create our understanding of the social world; Graphic Sociology is an analysis of graphs, tables and other visual presentations of data and will give you some cool ideas about data presentation; as well as Thick Culture and Cyborgology. Loads of cool stuff and inspiration for researchers.

Here is a post from Sociological Images that caught my eye… the I-75 Project.

Phenomenology ~ one stop information source

There is, of course, a vast theoretical and research literature on phenomenology as a methodology (understood as a research design approach) but if you are looking to get a handle on what phenomenology is about as a research methodology and some superb examples of phenomenological analysis check out Max Van Manen’s website Phenomenology Online. Start by clicking on “inquiry” then “methododology” but don’t stop there–there are loads of good examples. After that explore the rest of the site.


The Editorial Team of Critical Education is pleased to launch the inaugural issue of the journal. Click on the current issue link at the top of the home page to read “The Idiocy of Policy: The Anti-Democratic Curriculum of High-stakes Testing” by Wayne Au. Au is assistant professor of education at Cal State University, Fullerton and author of Unequal By Design: High-Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality (Routledge, 2009).

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Look for the initial installments of the special section edited by Abraham DeLeon titled “The Lure of the Animal: Addressing Nonhuman Animals in Educational Theory and Research” in the coming weeks.

Virtual Ethnography

The increased use of virtual space as a cultural site for communication and social interaction opens a new space for social inquiry. The latest issue of the Forum: Qualitative Social Inquiry is devoted to this topic.

This peer reviewed journal is completely online and is truly international in its scope, indeed articles are available in several languages. You can subscribe to the journal and will get an email when each issue is published.