Geography Research Methods Training - March 26, 27 & April 2

A UW-Madison & Bejing-Normal University Geography Partnership Event

Reserach MethodsBy offering this series of modules, the Department hopes to bolster Geography graduate students' familiarity with research methods, enable them to find further resources, courses, opportunities to hone their methods, and provide feedback to those who have specific questions about their current research methodology.

The following four modules are for all Geography grad students (especially 1st year Master's students) and Geography graduate student guests from Bejing-Normal University.

Session 1: Designing & conducting effective interviews – qualitative and quantitative techniques

When: Wednesday, March 26, 3:30-4:30
Where: Room 450
Faculty leaders: Profs. Lisa Naughton and Matt Turner
Content: After describing a range of interview methods, Prof. Turner offers guidance on designing and conducting qualitative interviews. Prof. Naughton then does the same with quantitative interviews. Key issues include: matching interview methods to type of research question, target audience, practical constraints, tips on identifying & approaching potential respondents, sharing results with respondents.

Session 2: Mixed methods for cartographic and geographic research

When: Wednesday, April 26, 4:45-5:30
Where: Room 450
Faculty leader: Prof. Rob Roth
Content: Prof. Roth will first offer remarks on commonalities/differences across quant/qual methods and how they typically are paired for Cartography research.

Session 3: Bibliometrics - What you need to know about public measures of your professional status

When: Thursday, March 27, 4:00-5:00
Where: Room 450
Faculty leader: Prof. Kris Olds
Content: Prof. Olds will present various popular measures of academic & professional output and lead discussion with lots of room for questions.

Session 4: Validation and evaluation

When: Wednesday, April 2, 3:30-5:15
Where: Room 450
Faculty leader: Prof. A-Xing Zhu
Content: Qualitative and quantitative techniques including geographic and non-geographic methods
for verifying and validating research findings will be presented and discussed.

For planning purposes, please let us know which session(s) you wish to attend.
YES! I would like to attend one or more of these modules.