Challenges to ensuring quality in qualitative research: A procedural view

Joachim Walther, Nicola Wendy Sochacka, Nadia N. Kellam

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


Qualitative research methods are increasingly being used in engineering education research. In this context there is an ongoing discourse in the community around ways of ensuring interpretive research quality. This paper presents a process-oriented framework of research quality that was developed while undertaking a study that was recently published in the Journal of Engineering Education. Drawing on the concept of Total Quality Management (TQM), the framework consists of two components i) a procedural view of the research process, broadly defined as Making Data and Handling Data, and ii) a flexible typology of fundamental processes of validation (theoretical, procedural, communicative, pragmatic) and the notion of process reliability. Both of these aspects of the framework are illustrated with examples from the aforementioned study. Future work is planned to further develop the conceptual framework as a language for the engineering education community to engage in a discourse around shared, contextual and flexible understandings of research quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
ISBN (Print)9780878232413
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2012Jun 13 2012

Publication series

NameASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2153-5965


Other119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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