Speaker: Dr. Daron Benjamin Loo
Date: Friday, March 10th 2023
Description: This workshop aims to initiate the exploration of critical analytical possibilities in qualitative research. Broadly speaking, a critical approach in qualitative studies aims to discover and discuss distinct issues affecting the study setting, such as sociocultural concerns. Yet, critical approaches in qualitative studies, especially in the Asian context, remain scarce. Typical approaches employed are descriptive in nature, focusing on recurring meanings which are then interpreted through conventional theoretical views. Such approaches would almost always yield findings and discussion that affirm these theoretical views. In these cases, the question of whether these qualitative studies actually lead to the emergence of new meanings would be raised. This, in itself, is a critical issue that Asian scholars need to reckon with – Do Asian scholars continue producing research that feeds into conventional theories, of which many are grounded in western scholarship? This will serve as the impetus of this workshop, where participants will explore different possibilities to approach qualitative research in a more critical manner.