Date and Time
8th Sep 2015 10:00 –– 8th Sep 2015 16:00
University of Stirling

Advanced Training in Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

This training is intended for doctoral students who would like to develop their thinking and skills in using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). The training will take participants from the philosophical underpinning of IPA, which informs the approach to the research, through the research design and data collection process, concluding with how IPA results might be presented and written up in a thesis. A variety of training formats will be used including small group exercises and practical skills development, to increase participants' confidence when using this approach. There will be lots of time to ask questions about individual research projects and opportunities to gain experience and support from peers, with the intention of building ongoing support networks. 

Part 1: Planning and executing an IPA project in the social sciences: A focus on conducting IPA interviews

Day 1 of the training will focus on outlining the philosophical underpinnings of IPA and situating it within the wider field of qualitative research. Consideration will be given to the types of research questions which IPA can help answer and implications for the design of the study. This will include a consideration of participant selection and data collection, particularly focusing on interview design and skills. There will be a focus on skills development, undertaken in a small group setting, to support effective interviewing and the generation of data suitable for analysis with IPA.  

This event takes place on 8 September at the University of Stirling. 

Part 2: Data analysis and validity in IPA projects

Day 2 of the training will focus on the key concepts and procedures required when using IPA in research projects. This will include the main approaches to analysis, as developed by Smith, Flowers and Larkin (2009), and will include practical exercises to develop skills. This will include using data transcripts to work through the various stages of analysis from initial coding to superordinate theme generation, and consideration of how IPA results might be presented in theses and publications. There will also be a focus on validity and quality assessment within IPA. 

This event takes place on 20 November at the University of Stirling. Part 2 can only be taken after completion of Part 1.

Booking for Part 1 is on eventbrite, To book Part 2, please follow the link in the booking confirmation email which is automatically sent out on completion of booking of Part 1. 

Last updated 1 Oct 2015 1:05pm