CER Training Programs

CER Writing Group

The CER Writing Group is a student-led group that meets approximately every two weeks. Members read and discuss each other's work in progress. It is open to graduate students and visiting scholars conducting ethnographic research. Preference is given to CER affiliates but others are welcome if space permits. For more information, contact cer@berkeley.edu

ATLAS.ti Training

This workshop provides both a conceptual background and practical experience in computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDA) using ATLAS.ti. The workshop begins by examining the core elements common to all CAQDA, regardless of methodological orientation, discipline/profession, or platform. After instruction in the fundamental aspects of CAQDA, the course turns to the logic of the ATLAS.ti program, and how it functions as a tool for CAQDA. The workshop consists of both instruction and hands-on exercises in ATLAS.ti. By the end of the course, participants will have all the conceptual and practical tools necessary to employ ATLAS.ti in their current or future projects involving qualitative data. 

Topics covered include: 1. How to perform the fundamentals of computer aided qualitative data analysis in ATLAS.ti, 2. The specific strategies necessary for dealing with different types of data including ethnographic field notes, in-depth interviews, texts, audio, video, and documents, 3. How to organize your data set, 4. How to construct and deploy a coding scheme for your project, 5. Making the best use of memos, 6. Inductive and deductive strategies for investigating substantive relationships in your data, 7. The query tool and reverse polish notation, 8. Using ATLAS.ti for team projects, and 9. Advanced functions in ATLAS.ti (e.g. networks, geocoding, quantitative output, supercodes and snapshots, co-occurrence functions, tools for inter-coder reliability, etc.). Learn more about the PC version here and the Mac version here.

Summer Student Workshop

The Center for Ethnographic Research (CER) Summer Workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for motivated undergraduates and beginning graduate students.  The CER Summer Workshop will provide students with five weeks of intensive accelerated methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative methods in weekly seminars taught by CER visiting scholars and graduate fellows. The topics in the seminars include the following:

  • The Logic and Practice of Qualitative Research Design
  • Participant Observation
  • In-Depth Interviewing
  • Qualitative Data Analysis in ATLAS.ti

In addition to these weekly seminars, each CER student is assigned a graduate student mentor.  Mentors provide feedback on research project development and design.  Mentors also offer supplemental information sessions on graduate school and graduate school application preparation. 

The CER Summer Workshop expects students to develop and sustain an empirical research project for an honors thesis, advanced methods class, scholarly article, or conference presentation. In this process, students develop hands-on research and logistical experience and receive structure and guidance in the development of an independent and original project. Learn more here.

Intensive Ethnography Workshop

The Intensive Ethnography Workshop provides mentorship, hands-on field experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using participant observation. Participants are coached through all the components of a research project. The workshop includes individualized consultations with faculty and is designed for advanced graduate students, faculty, and professionals. The one week workshop runs Monday – Friday, 9-5, with research exercises and consultations scheduled during these hours. The workshop is limited to 15 participants so that everyone receives individual attention. More information here.