The Creative Practices Centre at the University of Ottawa hosted our first Lunch & Learn Discussion on June 13, 2016. Our guest speaker was Ms. Kristen Haase, a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing. Kristen is a registered nurse and a lecturer in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. Her dissertation research focuses on internet use by those newly diagnosed with cancer. Kristen's PhD committee consists of Drs. Wendy Gifford, Roanne Thomas (co-supervisors), Dave Holmes, and Lorraine Holtslander.
Kristen's presentation focused on interpretive description (ID) which is a relatively new methodological approach, but shows great promise for apprehending phenomena in practice-based disciplines. Like other qualitative methods, ID requires the researcher to be responsive and reflexive to the emerging data and research context. Unlike other approaches, it is much less prescriptive. Kristen presented insights from an ongoing mixed methods study which employs ID as the overarching method. She discussed the background and history of the method, and the process and decisions involved in its application to the ongoing research.
Download Kristen's full presentation here: