Learning and Teaching Qualitative Research in Ontario: A Resource Guide is a dynamic, interdisciplinary repository of qualitative research methods-related information, designed to facilitate qualitative research methods training and accessibility of methods courses in the health sciences across Ontario universities. The publication is aimed at diverse audiences including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who may not have any qualitative training or who want additional or advanced training, and masters-prepared healthcare practitioners who want to enhance their opportunities for research collaborations and expand their repertoire of research skills. The book is designed to familiarise users with qualitative research methodologies and methods and course offerings and how to register for them. An orientation to qualitative methods in the health sciences is included, along with lists of introductory and advanced courses, educational and support materials in the form of videos and selected preparatory readings on qualitative research as well as examples of substantive contributions of qualitative methods to the health sciences.
Throughout the book, links are provided to more detailed information on courses and learning and support materials.
The book is organised into four parts. Part 1 helps users develop an appreciation for qualitative research; it explains what qualitative research is, its philosophical foundations and the uses and role of theory. It articulates the need and import of studying qualitative research at the graduate level and a general description of the ways qualitative research contributes to the health sciences.
In parts 2 and 3, details such as course numbers and names, along with instructors and their contact information are listed. These data are organised by regions, universities and departments. Because there are different registration processes for graduate and special students, such as postdoctoral fellows and healthcare practitioners, separate pathways are delineated for the two groups. Only courses that are verified as currently offered are included in this publication.
Part 4 lays the foundation for users who want to undertake qualitative training. It provides a broad range of educational resources such as videos on theoretical foundations of qualitative inquiry, doing qualitative research, and qualitative data analysis, interpretation and representation.