Dr Robert Mcquade
- Associate Tutor (School of Education)
I am a social psychologist, and I use qualitative methodologies to capture the finer details of our social interactions that have long been overlooked by traditional research. My PhD involved the use of conversation analysis to examine video-recordings of student groups engaging in problem-based learning. By focusing specifically on the social processes that lie at the heart of group work – i.e., the mechanics of real-life ‘talk’ – it was possible to make precise pedagogical recommendations regarding students’ management of educational tasks and social difficulties. I have also published in the field of health psychology, using discourse analysis to explore the interactional practices taking place within online suicide help forums. More recent health-related projects involved the use of thematic analysis to better identify the needs of counsellors, and an interpretative phenomenological analysis which sought to give voice to individuals in remission from cancer.