Qualitative Research SIG 82
Qualitative Research SIG 82
SIG Purpose

The Qualitative Research Special Interest Group, QRSIG, established in 1987, was created to provide a space within AERA for the discussion of philosophical, ethical, and methodological issues in Qualitative Research as well as to seek cutting edge approaches to qualitative research methods.  The QRSIG strives to legitimize all non traditional forms of research, and to support other SIG's and Divisions with similar interests and goals, including an emphasis on ways that qualitative research may contribute to reducing inequality and injustice in schools and society. 

Statement, Commitments, and Priorities

Jun 19, 2020

Dear Qualitative Research SIG members,

In honor and recognition of Juneteenth, commemorating the ending of slavery in 1865, but with acknowledgement of the slavery that still exists today, we join AERA President, Shaun Harper, in his call to examine and disrupt our own complicity in systemic racism in the research we conduct and the systems in which we operate. It is imperative that this includes direct action in our work as a SIG, drawing upon our collective expertise and capacity. Qualitative researchers are in many ways uniquely positioned to take account of and make meaningful change against racist and oppressive systems of power—through our theories, our methodologies, and the contexts in which we conduct our work. Read more.




News & Announcements

AERA 2021 Qualitative Research-SIG Call for Proposals

April 9-12, 2021

Orlando, FL

Conference Theme: Accepting Educational Responsibility

Submission Deadline: July 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Call Details: AERA’s program call opens with the following: 

Education researchers are not merely scholars; we are also citizens of the places in which our scholarship is produced, disseminated, and implemented. Equity and justice in these places depend as much on our deep thinking as they do on what we do with what we know. Racism, xenophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and other manifestations of hate continually poison these places. Mass shootings occur in too many places close to where we live and do our academic work. Sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual assault occur too often within and beyond our workplaces. Myriad consequences of wealth inequity negatively affect people inside of and around the places where many of us think, teach, research, and write. Attendees of the 2021 AERA Annual Meeting will be empowered to accept greater responsibility for social problems that plague places around the world. Our identities as citizens and as scholars will be embraced.

The conference call asks us to consider inviting leaders of educational organizations to join citizen-scholars in our research collaborations, presentations, and disseminations.

Given the theme, we welcome submissions that highlight how qualitative inquiry may serve to support and promote research collaborations in general and with educational organizations in particular. We also welcome submissions that complicate and critique past, present, and possible qualitative research collaborations with educational organizations. These critiques may help us imagine a collaborative future of qualitative inquiry that is sensitive to and thoughtful about the ways in which educational organizations and qualitative research have and can participate in the marginalization of people, thoughts, and experiences in education.   

Specifically, the Qualitative Research SIG invites papers that foreground discussions of qualitative inquiry. Qualitative Research includes a wide range of methodological, theoretical, and analytic approaches to education research, including but not limited to interpretive, critical, post-structural, posthumanist, and anti-racist frameworks and the multitude of approaches produced from working at these intersections.

The Qualitative Research SIG strongly encourages submissions that emphasize methodologically innovative approaches, which re-imagine and expand ideas of collaborative qualitative inquiry. Submissions might consider: How might notions of collaboration be theorized and actualized at the level of methodology? What does it look like to do collaborative qualitative research, particularly with educational organizations per the focus of the AERA call? What are the ways in which collaborative qualitative inquiry can disrupt power inherent in research? What new educational problems, possibilities,  and insights does/might collaborative qualitative inquiry open up? We also encourage submissions that challenge methodological orthodoxy and help us transgress, transform, and extend the boundaries of qualitative inquiry, including unsettling notions of ‘collaborative’ qualitative inquiry.

While proposals that address the yearly theme are encouraged, high quality proposals on all topics that make contributions to qualitative inquiry are welcomed.

We invite scholars from all divisions and SIGs to submit proposals. The AERA online submission system is now open, and details about the formal call for proposals and the July 22, 2021 deadline can be found at: https://www.aera.net/Events-Meetings/Annual-Meeting/2020-Annual-Meeting-Theme

Proposals for papers, posters, roundtables, and symposia/sessions are invited, and innovative session designs are encouraged. In order to accommodate flexibility in program decisions, please select all of the formats in which you would be willing to present your work. Every year there are far more spots available for poster presentations and roundtable papers than individual papers and symposia. Please also note that ‘working group roundtables’ and ‘structured poster sessions’ count as symposia (even though they are named to suggest otherwise), and thus compete against numerous other proposed sessions for a small number of slots. Both paper and session submissions must not identify the author(s) in any way.

Please share this call for proposals with all who may be interested. The number of proposals and the size of our active membership determine the number of sessions allocated to each SIG. Please consider our SIG as a place to share your work and renew your SIG membership when you submit your proposals. Encourage students and colleagues to join our SIG, too. All information about the annual meeting can be found at http://www.aera.net.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Cassie Quigley & Alex Panos

AERA Qualitative SIG Program Co-Chairs



2020 Qualitative Research SIG Outstanding Book Award Winner: Aaron Kuntz

2020 Qualitative Research SIG Outstanding Dissertation Award Winner: Maureen Flint

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