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Wednesday, 09:00 am - 13:00 pm 

Workshop 1:
Doing (Reflexive) Thematic Analysis: A Practical Introduction 

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Professor Dr Virginia Braun

The University of Auckland

This workshop will introduce participants to the popular qualitative analytic method of thematic analysis. The workshop will mix information and practical activities. I will describe different approaches to thematic analysis, and key design and conceptual considerations for good TA practice. Activities and tools for doing thematic analysis will be focused particularly on a reflexive approach. In particular, we will give attention to the early phases of coding and theme development. Participants will all work on a shared dataset and individually and collaboratively build towards analytic insight. Participants will be provided materials ahead of the workshop, and will be asked to do some preparatory work in this regard, so that they can get the most from the practical activities.

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Workshop 2:
Supervision and Rigor in Qualitative Research

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Professor Dr Ismi Arif Ismail

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

This workshop will consider several key issues on supervision and facilitating rigor in qualitative research. Workshop agenda will also touch on how the supervisory relationship is experienced by supervisees and colleagues ranging from issues and challenges to recommendations and possible implementation strategies. Making use of personal stories and reflection to describe their experiences, we set out to provide and share the supervisory process of qualitative researchers. Discussion will also focus on the importance of facilitating rigor in qualitative research projects.


Professor Dr. Ismi Arif Ismail
Professor Dr. Steven Eric Krauss @ Abdul Lateef Abdullah
Associate Professor Dr. Mohd Mursyid Arshad

Social Science Studies Institute (IPSAS)
Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia.  


Workshop 3:
Writing Effectively for Qualitative Research: Making Critical Connections

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Dr Chong Su Li

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

This workshop introduces key principles and approaches to making critical connections in writing effectively for qualitative research. Using hands-on activities, we will discuss the essence of qualitative writing and the roles of various chapters in documenting qualitative research work. We will also scrutinize philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research and how it connects with the narrative and analytics of data interpretation. Finally, participants will be given time to engage  in the writing process to make their own critical connections to get their writing going. 

This workshops targets postgraduate students and  researchers who would like further explore effective qualitative writing. 

Participants are encouraged to bring along their research questions and preliminary dataset to facilitate the writing exercise.

Dr Vighnarajah

Veritas University College

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Wednesday, 14:00 pm - 18:00 pm 

Workshop 4:
Grounded Theory for Beginners

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Professor Dr Tong Seng Fah

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

Beginning grounded theory methods (GTMs) may seem to be a daunting task. Well, it need not be so. This workshop aims to introduce the concepts and methods of GTMs for you to begin a project using this method. Thus, it covers an introduction and justification for GTM and skills to start doing a grounded theory study, i.e. data collection and analysis.


It helps if the participants have some basic understanding of the qualitative approach, but this is not a pre-requisite.


The workshops will have exercises in between short didactic sessions.


Further reading materials will be given to strengthening participants’ understanding and skills in undertaking GTM.

Datin ChM. Dr Ng Soo Boon

SEGI University

Workshop 5: 
Phenomenology: Back to "Things Themselves". 

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Professor Dr Khatijah Lim Abdullah

Sunway University

Although phenomenological research provides rich grounds to investigate our being in the world, there are questions raised to the lack of ‘methods’ or procedural system in conducting the human scientific study of phenomena. Its actual use in research has been hampered by widespread misunderstandings of its central tenets and by too superficial or too theoretical engagements with philosophical texts. 

This workshop is targeted at an audience that is interested in the phenomenological tradition and concepts such as “the transcendental subject,” “phenomenological reduction,” “intentionality,” and “embodiment”. It is believed that a return to the tradition can help grasp the essential philosophical concerns from which the theories derive. 

Participants will be introduced both to the practice of phenomenological research and its foundational philosophical concepts in the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, and drawing also upon the work of Martin Heidegger. In addition, students will have an opportunity to dialogue with the facilitator about the applicability of phenomenology to their own research interest.

The workshop will focus on methodological questions, practical exercises and possible solutions on how to practice phenomenological research – more specifically: 

  • How to assess which theoretical background suits the object of investigation.•    

  • How to handle epistemological and ontological questions.

  • Exercises and group discussions on participants’ projects: how to handle methodological challenges as related to phenomenological research

Dr Irmi Zarina Ismail

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

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