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 Treharne, Cath Sullivan

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Abstract

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
Volume16
Issue number3
Early online date22 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 03 Jul 2019

Keywords

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

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