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Metasynthesis - Research Course in Advanced Qualitative Methods

The University of Stavanger is happy to announce that the free-standing research course on metasynthesis (5 ECTS) will be provided with experts in the field in a flexible hybrid-campus and/or Zoom mode in Spring 2021, April 13-16.

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The research course is organised by the Faculty of Health Sciences in collaboration with the Knowledge Center for Education at the University of Stavanger.

The course is recommended for all PhD students who are doing qualitative research and as a quite new approach as well for researchers and academic teachers.

However, PhD candidates in health and education sciences at the University of Stavanger will get priority admission. PhD candidates and researchers at other departments, universities and university colleges in Norway and EEA can apply for admission to the course.

Application deadline is March 30, 2021. 

Course contents

The course will outline several types of metasynthesis research designs with a focus on meta-ethnography, and the research processes of qualitative reviews. The course will provide knowledge on planning search strategies and doing literature searches for metasynthesis studies, and on critically assessing and evaluating qualitative studies. Comparisons of metasynthesis to integrative reviews, systematic reviews, meta-aggregation, meta-analysis and secondary analysis, will be discussed.

Course description

Course responsibility

Professor Terese Bondas, University of Stavanger, Health Sciences, and Adjunct Professor (Methods in Health Care Research) at University of Eastern Finland. She has published extensively in various qualitative approaches including metasynthesis in health sciences, health care administration and education.

Professor Elaine Munthe, University of Stavanger, leader of the Knowledge Center for Education. Her research include educational research, organizational development, and leadership, among others. Strong background as Chair of boards and board member, leadership of evaluation programs and projects and leadership experience as Dean of a university faculty and two university departments.

Guest lecturers

Dr Andrew Booth, BA (Reading), Dip Lib (Aberystwyth) MSc (Wales) MCLIP PhD (Sheffield). Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice and Director of Information, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, The UK

Dr Emma France, Senior Lecturer, Leader of the eMERGe research project developing guidelines for meta-ethnography, University of Stirling, The United Kingdom Emma is an associate professor based in the NMAHP Research Unit. Emma leads and collaborates on research grants in the fields of families and long-term health conditions and methodological research in the area of qualitative evidence synthesis, specifically meta-ethnography.

Associate professor Gabriele Kitzmüller, UiT, the Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Health and Care. Her PhD in Health Sciences from the University of Tromsø is on family life after stroke. Her fields of interest are qualitative methods, stroke, family nursing, nursing theory and life phenomena. She has published a metasynthesis study on loneliness in old age and has extensive experience in supervising students in doing literature reviews and metasynthesis studies.

Dr Morten Sager, PhD, University of Gothenburg, Department of Linguistics, Philosophy and Theory of Science, Leader of the Master Program, Perspectives on Evidence.