Focusing on applied conversation analysis (CA), this timely book offers practical insights and guidelines for CA scholars studying social interactions in institutional settings. Written in an accessible style and packed with case studies, examples, activities, and practical tips, the book takes readers through the entire process of planning and carrying out an applied CA research study. By highlighting challenges, debates, and important questions, each chapter provides the theoretical foundation necessary for making informed decisions at every stage of a research project. The book is divided into three sections (context and planning, doing a project using conversation analysis, and disseminating your research) to mirror the research process.

Establishing Quality in Applied Conversation Analysis Research
Chapter Focus

In this chapter, you will learn how to:

  • Critically assess the debates about quality in qualitative research.
  • Evaluate different perspectives about quality in the literature.
  • Describe issues of quality in conversation analysis research.
  • Recognize the indicators of quality in an applied conversation analysis study.
  • Discuss the criticisms of conversation analysis research.

Within the qualitative community, discussions surrounding assuring quality in qualitative research indicate that it has been a rather contentious issue. In quantitative research, ensuring that a piece of research is robust is perhaps more straightforward, at least in the sense that there are several agreed-upon markers to which researchers generally conform. In qualitative research, however, there is more tension regarding how to judge a research study. While there has been some ...

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