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Quality in Qualitative Research: (Modest) Musings and Recommendations


Presentation by visiting scholar Associate Professor Kerry McGannon

Start Date

29th Mar 2017 3:00pm

End Date

29th Mar 2017 4:20pm


Education Video Conference Rooms:

  • Launceston: NH.A221c.Video
  • Hobart: SB.Hytten325.Video
  • Cradle Coast: CC.A119

This lecture will draw from Dr. McGannon’s experiences as an editor, board member and reviewer for refereed journals, as well as contemporary debates about what “counts” as quality in qualitative research. These points will be delivered in a seminar format to open up dialogue and discussion with staff and students who might be at various stages of the research process, on what “quality” in qualitative research might mean and the implications of such meanings for the research process. The complexities of such meanings within the context of the changing landscape of qualitative research in education, social sciences, sport, exercise and health will also be discussed.

Associate Professor Kerry McGannon

Dr. McGannon began her faculty position in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Laurentian September 2010 after working as a Professor in the Psychology of Physical Activity at the University of Iowa from January 2003-August 2010. From July 2001-December 2002 she was the Research Associate at the Alberta Centre for Active Living, University of Alberta. Her peer reviewed scholarship includes empirical and theoretically-driven contributions on 72 national and international conference presentations and over 90 publications in refereed journals and scholarly books. She is co-editor of three books; one on cultural sport and exercise psychology, one on community-based research and the Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology. She serves on two journal editorial boards: Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology and Sociology of Sport Journal. She is past Advisory Board member for Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health and Chair of the Cultural Diversity Committee from 2012-2014 for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). She is Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (official journal of AASP) and Psychology of Sport and Exercise (official journal of the European Federation of Sport Psychology). Dr. McGannon has over 15 years experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Sport and Exercise Psychology. These courses emphasize the psychological, social and cultural influences of sport and physical activity participation. She is co-ordinator of the undergraduate Sport Psychology degree in the School of Human Kinetics.