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Teaching Workshop

In 2004, a national invitational workshop called Teaching Against the Grain: Qualitative Research in the Health Sciences was convened in Toronto in response to the teaching-related challenges associated with the increasing use of and demand for qualitative research methodology in the health sciences. Participants included 23 new and established scholars from across Canada, including two guests from Mexico and the UK, and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. A range of different issues were discussed, including the teaching of social theory, ethics, evaluation, and critical perspectives, and the structural and institutional challenges of teaching an approach to research that differs from the dominant form of science practiced in the field. Members of the workshop exchanged course syllabi and teaching materials, and the event co-ordinators, Joan Eakin and Eric Mykhalovskiy published an account and analysis of the workshop and of the issues.