AAG 2022 CFP: Teaching Qualitative Methods in Geography

AAG 2022 Call for Panelists

Teaching Qualitative Methods in Geography

Virtual Panel Session

How can we best prepare the new generation of geographers to undertake qualitative research?

Qualitative methods in geography have increasingly gained recognition since the 1980s. As such, dedicated qualitative research courses have become more and more common in geography departments. However, several departments still do not have structured or systematic ways of teaching qualitative methods to students at both graduate and undergraduate levels. We wish to contribute to ongoing discussions about best practices, innovative approaches, and challenges to teaching qualitative methods in geography in various contexts. 

In this panel session, we seek to explore the following topics, among others: 

  • Innovative pedagogical approaches to teaching qualitative methods 
  • Challenges to teaching qualitative methods, particularly in quantitative-focused departments and/or during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Benefits and barriers to teaching through experiential learning 
  • Teaching on differing epistemological foundations underlying qualitative research 

Interested participants are encouraged to email a brief statement of interest to Melody Lynch (melody.lynch@mail.mcgill.ca) and Nino Antadze (nantadze@upei.ca) by November 1st. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. 

This session is organized by the Qualitative Research Specialty Group.


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Dydia Delyser (2008) Teaching Qualitative Research, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 32:2, 233-244, DOI: 10.1080/03098260701514074. 

Dydia DeLyser , Amy E. Potter, James Chaney, Stephanie Crider, Ian Debnam, Gentry Hanks, Corey David Hotard, E. Arnold Modlin, Martin Pfeiffer & Jörn Seemann (2013) Teaching Qualitative Research: Experiential Learning in Group-Based Interviews and Coding Assignments, Journal of Geography, 112:1, 18-28, DOI: 10.1080/00221341.2012.674546

Michelle S. Lowe (1992) Safety in numbers? How to teach qualitative geography?, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 16:2, 171-175, DOI: 10.1080/03098269208709191.

Steve Pile (1992) Oral history and teaching qualitative methods, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 16:2, 135-143, DOI: 10.1080/03098269208709186.