Your Way to Qualitative Research: Writing and Publishing

Course Subtitle

Learn the fundamentals of writing and publishing your qualitative research work in a top-tier journal!

Course Description

Understanding social phenomenon is no easy task, and social science research, in general, allows us to get a closer look at the processes of human nature. Qualitative research, in particular, entails a world of research tools and techniques that venture into deeply explore people’s stories and lived experiences and the dynamic nature of what we call society. Indeed, qualitative research stresses on the nature of reality which is socially constructed and aims to provide answers to questions on how social experience is developed and given meanings. That means we believe in the unique and subjective nature of each perceptual reality. One could say that a qualitative researcher is someone who is fascinated with stories. After all, human beings are all storytellers.

However, as research in social science has predominantly guided by positivistic and quantitative research philosophies, especially in Asia, qualitative research methods had only recently gained momentum as an important addition to social research. Within the qualitative science itself, several moments have passed, underlined by varying paradigmatic traditions. As a beginner, traditionally trained within the positivistic traditions, it can be daunting to understand the dynamic nature of qualitative research, including its unique belief systems, ways of inquiry and analysis, and communication of findings. It is even more daunting to grasp the many particularities of writing such work. This course will help put these elements into perspective and give you the confidence needed in your writing and publishing journey. To help grasp the context of each aspect easily, I will bring my personal experiences in learning, experimenting, conducting, analyzing and writing various qualitative works.

In this course, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of writing a qualitative research paper. This includes a deeper understanding of the basic tenets of the qualitative research process, good practices, and how to put together a valuable output. You will be guided through on how to write an article based on qualitative research principles, including the specific flows of a qualitative literature review, methodology, results and discussions. While this course is not targeted at teaching the basics of qualitative research methodology, you will also be provided with an outline of dominant paradigmatic beliefs guiding qualitative research methodology, and its dynamic data collection and data analysis methods. Ideally, the participants of the course should have a basic idea of qualitative research before joining this course.

This course is aimed at anyone interested in qualitative research: writing and publishing. It may be of particular interest to people who are undertaking a qualitative research project related to their area of study.

Keep calm, and join me on this qualitative research journey.


To know more read the following sources:

Denzin, N. K., & Lincoln, Y. S. (2017). The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Creswell, J., & Creswell, J. (2017). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. London: SAGE Publications.

Anzul, M., Downing, M., Ely, M., & Vinz, R. (2003). On Writing Qualitative Research: Living by Words. London: Routledge.


Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to

  • To familiarize with qualitative research terminology
  • Identify basic qualitative research fundamentals
  • Assess good practices of conducting, analysing and writing qualitative research
  • Learn the process of producing a qualitative research article, and publishing know how
  • Develop a critical mindset for producing quality qualitative research


Skills You Will Learn

Qualitative research terminology, principles and best practices, writing must-haves of qualitative research, ethics, reflexivity, critical analytical perspectives.


Dr Sarah N R Wijesinghe

I’m Sarah Nelum Rajika Wijesinghe. Yes, I have a very long name since my parents and grandparents all wanted to jump in the bandwagon of naming me. I cannot say I always wanted to be in academia, but it was a nice accident that came upon my life which I took in rather passionately. I was lucky to have been the recipient of the Taylor’s World Fellowship scholarship for my PhD in Malaysia. Before that, I was a student in tourism at the University of Surrey, UK, where I first dealt with qualitative research. I had no idea that 2 years down the line, I would be courageous enough to undertake a purely qualitative research endeavour. It was a scary and rewarding journey, and I have learnt a lot, and I love that I now get to share that knowledge with students who are equally and more passionate about research and writing. In the three years of my PhD, I was a rather overly enthusiastic student and hence wrote my heart out (you can find these writings on my profile somewhere on the internet), and published in many peer-reviewed top journals such as Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Current Issues in Tourism, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Tourism Management perspectives and Tourism Review. I have explored a multiplicity of qualitative perspectives in my research endeavours with the latest being the development of an ethnodrama (I act in it too). I have had the privilege of conducting various workshops on topics of qualitative research, reflexivity, hegemony, and neo-colonialism in Asian tourism research. My specific research interests are in qualitative inquiry, critical theory, power/knowledge, representation and colonialism/neo-colonialism.

In this course, you’ll find a lot of explanations through my own stories and good materials to make sure everything is easy to understand. I will be with you every step of the way. Enjoy the course!

Overview of Qualitative Research: Fundamentals & Methods
Qualitative Research: Best practices
Fundamentals of Writing Qualitative Research Work
The Dynamics of Publishing Qualitative Research Work
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