REVIEW: Learning and teaching resources available from the 4th ESRC Festival.

About Graham R Gibbs

Reader in Social Research Methods at the University of Huddersfield. National Teaching Fellow.

The 4th ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Festival.

Reviewed by Graham R Gibbs

This is the fourth of a festival run by the NCRM/ESRC once every two years as a showcase for the research methods projects they are funding and aimed especially at postgraduate students. Sessions covered a very wide range of classic and innovative research methods and allied issues (such as ethics and research management). For a large number of sessions, the PowerPoint slides that presenters used can be downloaded.

In 2010, many sessions were also audio recorded and these are now available integrated with the PowerPoint slides the presenters used into online videos (look for the links to Video of Event). Some of the sessions are about leading edge innovations in research and may be of limited interest to students. But there is still a large number of presentations, debates and discussions about methods that will be relevant to many PhD students and also postgraduates on social research training masters.

Principally amongst these are the ‘What is?” sessions presented by researchers who are leaders in their fields. Almost all these have videos of the talk with slides. <>

In 2010 they included the following sessions:

Session 02:

  • William J. Browne What is Multilevel Modelling
  • Ivonne L. Solis-Trapala What is the statistical analysis of discrete outcomes in longitudinal studies
  • Fiona Steele What is event history analysis

Session 08:

  • Matt Barnard What is Framework
  • Ann Lewins What is CAQDAS
  • Stephanie J. A. Taylor What is Discourse Analysis?

Session 18:

  • Graham Crow What are community studies?
  • Martyn Hammersley What is Qualitative Inquiry?
  • Sarah Pink What is Sensory Ethnography
  • John Scott What is social network analysis

Session 29:

  • Graham Crow What is missing data in qualitative research?
  • Jo Frankham What is collaborative research with ‘service users’ and other ‘user groups’?
  • Chris High What is participatory video?
  • Bren Neale What is Qualitative Longitudinal Research?

Session 39:

  • Robert Evans What is the Imitation Game
  • Paul Lambert What is the analysis of longitudinal survey data
  • Chris Skinner What is survey weighting?

Session 50:

  • Rob Procter What is e-Research?
  • Mike Thelwall What is web link mining?
  • Mike Thelwall What is webometrics?

Session 60:

  • Steven Higgins What is meta-analysis?
  • Jon Prosser What is Visual Methods
  • Croudace Tim What is applied psychometrics?
  • Jane Wellens What are online-research methods?

The videos are well produced with good sound (aside from the introductions from the chairs of sessions). They play on the web page and can be maximised to the full screen for use on data projectors in the classroom. Most also contain links via the NCRM Typology to other resources such as project publications and working papers relevant to that aspect of research methods.

Many of these videos could be used by teachers as supplementary material to their own sessions. For example the What is CAQDAS? and What is Framework? videos could be used this way. In other cases the material might be used as an introduction to a seminar or debate, for example, the video on What is qualitative inquiry?

The terms of use of the video are that they are to be used only for educational, non-commercial purposes. Copyright is held by the author of the presentation.

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Graham R Gibbs 6th June 2011.


Gibbs, Graham R (2011) ‘Learning and teaching resources available from the 4th ESRC Festival’. Review of Various authors (2010) The 4th ESRC National Centre for Research Methods Festival, Methods Website <>

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