This workshop addresses the use of conceptual frameworks as an anchoring tool to introduce clarity to early research design. At some point, all researchers have been guilty of forgetting the primary focus of their research when faced with large volumes of data; this is especially true for mixed methods research that combines multiple methodologies and datasets.
This workshop explains conceptual frameworks as a foundational part of early research design to guide and shape both literature review and research questions.
By identifying research variables and clarifying their relationship, the use of a conceptual framework summarises literature review and "sets the stage' for research questions to be introduced (McGaghie et al, 2001). Broadly, conceptual frameworks add explicitness to research processes (Leshem & Trafford, 2007).
This workshop familiarises learners with the theoretical and applied aspects of conceptual frameworks and serves as preparation for the third part of this workshop series that engages learners to create their own conceptual visualisations.
Format: This workshop is delivered over a two-hour online session. The first part of the session focuses on the theoretical introduction of conceptual frameworks and analytic groupwork, and the second part of the workshop will illustrate how conceptual frameworks can assist in conceptualising complex theoretical and methodological choices. This is a learner-led workshop, involving pre-workshop participation and in-class discussion.
Should you like to discuss a conceptual framework that you are currently working on, additional time at the end of the session may be accommodated with optional peer attendance.
Preparing for the workshop: This is a learner-led workshop. The more you contribute, the more you will be taking away. I request your help with the following workshop preparations: (1) during the registration for the workshop will have the opportunity to note your biggest challenge in understanding conceptual frameworks, (2) use the shared document (in your confirmation email) to access the required and recommended workshop pre-reading items, (3) use the Discussion Forum section in the shared document to ask any questions prior to workshop, (4) share any resources on the topic that you may find helpful for your fellow learners.
Relationship to other RED workshops: This session is Part 2 in a 6-part series on foundations of mixed methods (MM). The basics are covered in Introducing MM (P1), and Conceptual Frameworks regarding their Refinement (P2) and Visualisation (P3). The complexities are addressed via Assembling MM (P4), Critical reading/writing (P5), and Integrating MM (P6).