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Duration: 60 min.
Hosted by: Dr. Safary Wa-Mbaleka (Adventist University of Africa)
Research in social sciences is, or at least should be, primarily about improving the life of people. This is especially important in qualitative research. It is not uncommon to find many qualitative research books and articles encouraging qualitative researchers to give voice to participants who do not have any. In the literature, one branch that is concerned with this specific ethical duty of qualitative researchers is advocacy or advocating. While some qualitative research books and articles have referred to advocacy in passing, it is not a topic that is frequently discussed in the qualitative research fora, despite its significant importance. This webinar will define what advocacy is, its importance in qualitative research, and challenges of advocating. The ultimate goal of this webinar is to discuss effective ways of advocating through qualitative research. This is especially important when conducting qualitative research during a widespread disaster, such as COVID-19.
Dr. Safary Wa-Mbaleka is an American educator and scholar who is currently working at the Adventist University of Africa as the university’s director of online education. He also teaches leadership and research courses. He has published several books and articles on qualitative research (see www.MyResearchCorner.org). He has spoken at several universities and at different international conferences and fora on qualitative research in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is the founding president of the Asian Qualitative Research Association, Philippines.