Stone Soup Mini-course:  What Do You Wanna Know?

Do you remember when you were a kid, bursting with curiosity about how and why things worked they way they do?  If you’re a parent, grandparent, or other person in close contact with young children, you don’t have to go that far back to remember their intense wonderment. Woody Guthrie wrote a song about this, … Continue reading Stone Soup Mini-course:  What Do You Wanna Know?

Great Bibliography of Recent Empirical Research on ADR

From TFOI Jim Coben: Dear Colleagues, Beginning in summer 2013, Donna Steinstra and I have co-edited Research Insights, a regular column in the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Magazine (DRM).  Twice a year we choose 10-12 empirical research studies relevant to ADR professionals and publish the citation and abstract.  To compile the longer list from … Continue reading Great Bibliography of Recent Empirical Research on ADR

Stone Soup Mini-Course:  My Students and I Can Do This!

In a recent post in this mini-course, I highlighted several impressive studies relying on qualitative data.  This post follows up the one describing how you and your students can get great joy from doing Stone Soup interviews and focus groups. This post uses my research to demonstrate that qualitative studies are readily do-able by you … Continue reading Stone Soup Mini-Course:  My Students and I Can Do This!

Stone Soup Website and Listserv

We want to let you know that we have created a Stone Soup website and listserv.  The website collects materials in one place for easy access.  The listserv’s goal is to promote communication between people interested in the Stone Soup Project. We have been in touch with a lot of faculty who said that they … Continue reading Stone Soup Website and Listserv

Stone Soup Mini-Course: The Joy of Learning

Have you ever felt really excited when you had an “aha” moment of insight?  I bet that virtually all readers of this blog have had that experience numbers of times.  This post in the Stone Soup mini-course describes how Stone Soup assignments and activities can be a hoot, triggering lots of “aha” moments. Sometimes this … Continue reading Stone Soup Mini-Course: The Joy of Learning

Stone Soup Mini-Course:  Galanter’s Use of Lawyer Jokes as Data

You have certainly heard many lawyer jokes, some of which are pretty funny.  But have you ever thought of them as data for a scientific study? Marc Galanter did.  He’s a Wisconsin law professor and giant in our DR field. In a recent post in this Stone Soup mini-course, I summarized some cool qualitative studies.  … Continue reading Stone Soup Mini-Course:  Galanter’s Use of Lawyer Jokes as Data

Stone Soup Mini-Course: More About Macaulay’s Noncontractual Relations in Business Article

In the last post in this Stone Soup mini-course, I summarized Stewart Macaulay’s classic article using qualitative methods, Noncontractual Relations in Business.  This post elaborates. When I was a sociology grad student at Wisconsin, I got a chance to meet Stewart Macaulay, a really charming guy who was on the law school faculty.  I remember … Continue reading Stone Soup Mini-Course: More About Macaulay’s Noncontractual Relations in Business Article

Stone Soup Mini-Course: Cool Qualitative Research

The last lesson in the Stone Soup mini-course cautioned about having exaggerated confidence in quantitative research about dispute resolution.  This lesson is intended as an antidote to unwarranted skepticism about qualitative research by describing some examples of great qualitative research.  Both types of methods are valuable, especially when used in combination.  I focus particularly on … Continue reading Stone Soup Mini-Course: Cool Qualitative Research