Listen & Write & Talk: Guidance for Graduate Students on Qualitative Research

Type: Networking Event
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Graduate Student Affinity Group, American Association of Geographers, Qualitative Research Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 1
Organizers: Julaiti Nilupaer


For graduate students working on qualitative-research-based theses or dissertations who seek guidance in writing, and who are potentially interested in setting up regular writing groups with AAG peers.

Bring your questions about writing!

The session will be structured as follows:

Introduction (5min)

Breakout session #1: (10min)
Attendees will be assigned to random breakout rooms with 3 other attendees
Task: generate one question from your breakout session to pose to the guest speakers. Please compose a succinct question and have one member of your group put it into the chat when you return to the main room.

Q&A session with guest speakers: (30 min)
Dydia & Dan respond to questions
The unanswered questions will be addressed in breakout session #2 in the next step

Breakout session #2: (25min)
Attendees who just want to focus on writing can join a breakout group and write together with other attendees.
Attendees who want can join a breakout group with Dydia [to address questions 1&2…]
Attendees who want can join a breakout group with Dan [to address questions 3&4…]
Attendees who want to form a writing group can join a breakout group for this purpose and begin to self-organize

Closing the event (5min)
Dydia provides guidance for organizing writing groups
We share a Google form and let attendees share contact information for keeping in touch
We share the 2 videos from the Seminar “Writing from Qualitative Research” as a resource
We invite attendees to take initiative to connect with other attendees after the end of the event

About guest speakers:

Dr. Dydia DeLyser and Dr. Dan Trudeau have successfully led 3 sole and collaborative seminars for graduate students at AAG Learning Series for Graduate Students. The feedback we received from participants is quite positive thus far, the seminars helped them to write their theses and dissertations.

Dr. Dydia DeLyser is a qualitative geographer whose written work has been celebrated for its prose craft, and who has taught courses, led workshops, and published extensively on academic writing. She will focus on productive resolutions to many of the challenges of academic writing, with special attention to overcoming the additional hurdles posed by the pandemic.

Dr. Dan Trudeau has over 20 years of experience with qualitative research and has completed more than a dozen projects. He has shared this work in a variety of platforms, including academic journals and technical reports. He is a former chair of the AAG's Qualitative Research Specialty Group and routinely teaches qualitative research methods.

About AAG’s Learning Series for Graduate Students

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Type Details Minutes Start Time
Discussant Dydia DeLyser California State University, Fullerton 10 9:35 AM
Discussant Daniel Trudeau Macalester College 10 9:45 AM

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