Challenges of Learning to Write Qualitative Research: Students’ Voices

  • Fei Wang Department of English School of Foreign languages Jimei University Xiamen, Fujian, China, P.R.

Abstract

Writing qualitative research is a complex activity. Yet there is relatively little research about novices’ experiences in learning to write this genre. The purpose of this multiple case study is to explore the challenges students face when they first encounter the qualitative research paradigm. Drawing upon interviews with students, think-aloud protocols, class observations, and students’ written artifacts, this article reveals that major problems new students have include: understanding the qualitative research paradigm, especially the concepts of validity and subjectivity, determining how to carry out a systematic data analysis, becoming familiar with genre knowledge of presenting qualitative findings, and meanwhile, expanding their disciplinary knowledge. Pedagogical implications are also discussed to help student researchers learn better.

Author Biography

Fei Wang, Department of English School of Foreign languages Jimei University Xiamen, Fujian, China, P.R.
Assistant Professor Department of English School of Foreign languages Jimei University
Published
2013-11-28
Section
Articles