Data Collection in Seconday Schools: Lessons Learned and Shared
Gaining access to, and researching in, schools is quite the task for researchers. In this seminar I will
share how I gained access to the schools involved in my PhD research, as well as the qualitative
methods I used to collect data and centre the experiences of my student and staff participants. The
process of my data collection is hopefully intriguing with the backdrop of the pandemic, and I will
share my research story as well as offer a step-by-step to the ways in which my methods were
adapted from the in-person pilots to the online “real” processes. I will also include some of my data
and discuss how I navigated presenting quotes from my participants in an authentic manner within
my final thesis.

Teams link:
Date: 22 February 2024, 12:50 (Thursday, 6th week, Hilary 2024)
Venue: MS Teams
Speaker: Dr Katie Smith (University of York)
Organising department: Department of Education
Organiser: Dr Velda Elliott (University of Oxford)
Part of: Qualtitative Methods Hub
Booking required?: Required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editors: Hannah Freeman, Heather Sherkunov