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. 

News & Announcements

AERA 2024 Qualitative Research-SIG Call for Proposals

Thursday, April 11–Sunday, 14, 2024 

Philadelphia, PA

Conference Theme: Dismantling Racial Injustice and Constructing Educational Possibilities: A Call to Action

Call for Submissions Opens May 31, 2023 

Proposals Due July 31, 2023

The theme for the 2024 conference asks the education research community to engage in the important undertaking of attending to the simultaneous act of dismantling racial injustice and constructing educational possibilities across P–20 systems. As researchers, methodologists, and educators, we are asked to confront and embrace the challenges that we, as a society, face in education. We are encouraged to investigate and study topics related to the ways in which communities and students thrive in learning spaces and resist oppressive systems in their quest for knowledge, self-actualization, and liberation. The American Educational Research Association is committed to opening pathways to advance educational knowledge and foster high quality research and deep scholarly inquiry to improve academic outcomes and serve the public good. This critical process with how we conduct research, share data, and represent, engage, and disseminate scholarly work is the beating heart of qualitative research. 

Given this year’s theme, we especially encourage creative, dialogic, and participatory approaches to conference sessions for the 2024 annual meeting. We believe that coming together at this meeting, either in person or virtually, is of great importance and an opportunity to strengthen our scholarly relationships in service of qualitative research. It also allows us to deepen our commitments to the many communities to which we are responsible.

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, intersectional, anti-racist, critical, post-structural, and posthumanist frameworks and the multitude of approaches produced from working at the nexus of these approaches.

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 31, 2023 deadline are here.


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. We encourage you to be very thoughtful about your use of key words as we rely on these to identify the most knowledgeable reviewers for your work. 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.

In service,

Renuka de Silva, Ph.D. & Shena Sanchez, Ph.D.

QR SIG Program Co-Chairs






Summer/Fall 2023 (upcoming)


2023 Qualitative Research SIG Outstanding Dissertation Award Winner

2023 Qualitative Research SIG Book Award Winner

2023 Egon G. Guba Speaker Award Winner

  • Kakali Bhattacharya


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