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Qualitative Methods Training in Political Science Doctoral Programs

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What training in qualitative methods do political science doctoral programs offer? Do scholarly views converge on the proper content of such training? An analysis of methods curricula and syllabi from 25 leading US political science doctoral programs reveals a disciplinary crisis. Only sixty percent of top departments offer any dedicated graduate training in qualitative methods—and that percentage is declining over time. This has exacerbated a disjuncture between scholarship and training: the great majority of political scientists conduct some qualitative research, qualitative research publications outnumber quantitative ones in large parts of the field, and yet existing departmental training prepares graduate students overwhelmingly—in some cases exclusively—for the latter. This disjuncture can be remedied by enhancing qualitative methods curricula. Our research shows that scholars agree broadly on the content of basic qualitative methods training, the best pedagogical practices, major alternatives for curriculum design, and a broader menu of focused topics. Top graduate programs that aspire to train professionally competent qualitative and multi-method researchers can now orient their reform efforts on shared disciplinary standards for qualitative methods training.
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Emmons, Cassandra. and Moravcsik, Andrew. "Qualitative Methods Training in Political Science Doctoral Programs" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, TBA, Philadelphia, PA, Sep 01, 2016 <Not Available>. 2017-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1129474_index.html>

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Emmons, C. and Moravcsik, A. , 2016-09-01 "Qualitative Methods Training in Political Science Doctoral Programs" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, TBA, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2017-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1129474_index.html

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Abstract: What training in qualitative methods do political science doctoral programs offer? Do scholarly views converge on the proper content of such training? An analysis of methods curricula and syllabi from 25 leading US political science doctoral programs reveals a disciplinary crisis. Only sixty percent of top departments offer any dedicated graduate training in qualitative methods—and that percentage is declining over time. This has exacerbated a disjuncture between scholarship and training: the great majority of political scientists conduct some qualitative research, qualitative research publications outnumber quantitative ones in large parts of the field, and yet existing departmental training prepares graduate students overwhelmingly—in some cases exclusively—for the latter. This disjuncture can be remedied by enhancing qualitative methods curricula. Our research shows that scholars agree broadly on the content of basic qualitative methods training, the best pedagogical practices, major alternatives for curriculum design, and a broader menu of focused topics. Top graduate programs that aspire to train professionally competent qualitative and multi-method researchers can now orient their reform efforts on shared disciplinary standards for qualitative methods training.


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