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A Changing Culture? Qualitative Methods Teaching in UK Psychology.

Gibson, Stephen and Sullivan, Cath (2018) A Changing Culture? Qualitative Methods Teaching in UK Psychology. Qualitative Psychology, 5 (2). pp. 197-206.

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Abstract

This paper surveys the landscape of qualitative methods teaching in UK psychology. First, we provide an overview of the administrative framework for this teaching, and highlight the positive development that is the stipulation by key national bodies that undergraduate psychology programmes should teach qualitative methods. Second, we discuss an attempt to meet the needs for training and resources that resulted from these stipulations, as well as noting how recent changes in the higher education funding landscape have made it more difficult to meet these needs. Third, we review literature on the teaching of qualitative methods in UK psychology departments, and note the relative paucity of studies addressing this issue. In conclusion, we suggest that the key issue remains the stubbornness of the ‘quantitative culture’ in many departments. The official bureaucratic infrastructure of UK psychology teaching may now mandate that qualitative methods be taught, but the tentative conclusions that can be drawn from what literature there is suggest that this obscures a variety of practices at the departmental level, with many programmes still providing little more than tokenistic engagement with qualitative methods.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 'This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.'
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1037/qup0000100
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
School/Department: School of Psychological & Social Sciences
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2277

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