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Rainford, Jon – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
This paper examines two contrasting creative methods; a drawing task and a LEGO building task used in a study exploring the gap between policy and practice in widening participation to higher education across two different types of university in England. These creative methods were used within 16 semi-structured interviews in seven universities to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Creativity, Freehand Drawing
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Donnelly, Michael; Gamsu, Sol; Whewall, Sam – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
A new method is proposed here aimed at eliciting the mechanisms which maintain the relational positioning of people and places within social space. This 'mapping tool' is inherently relational by design and involves participants creating visual representations of their geographic imaginaries, encompassing their perceptions and preferences of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Social Science Research, Map Skills
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Jenner, Brandy M.; Myers, Kit C. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
While qualitative researchers increasingly accept online video interviews as a reliable method, many maintain concerns about rapport and data quality. Drawing on two separate interview projects conducted in private in-person settings, public in-person settings, and privately via Skype, we compare interview contexts with regard to rapport,…
Descriptors: Intimacy, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Videoconferencing, Comparative Analysis
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McGaha, Kristina K.; D'Urso, Patricia A. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Validation is a critical element of analysis which increases the credibility, rigor, and trustworthiness of research. Interpretive phenomenology traditionally has employed member checking as the validation tool to support the themes cultivated from data. However, the literature has challenged member checking as being insufficient or inaccurate in…
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Ethnography, Research Design, Work Environment
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Montagni, Ilaria; Cariou, Tanguy; Tzourio, Christophe; González-Caballero, Juan-Luis – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Online surveys are increasingly used to investigate health conditions, especially among young people. However, this methodology presents some limitations including item nonresponse concerning sensitive and knowledge-related questions. This study aimed to suggest latent class analysis as the methodology to statistically deal with item nonresponse…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Response Style (Tests), Multivariate Analysis, Health
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Kruger, Louis J.; Rodgers, Rachel F.; Long, Stephanie J.; Lowy, Alice S. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Individual interviews have traditionally been an important method of data collection in multiple disciplines, including psychology. However, research comparing individual interviews with focus groups has generated mixed results regarding which method is more effective in investigating sensitive topics. The purpose of the present study was to…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Data Collection, Interviews, Focus Groups
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Höhne, Jan Karem; Schlosser, Stephan – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Participation in web surveys via smartphones increased continuously in recent years. The reasons for this increase are a growing proportion of smartphone owners and an increase in mobile Internet access. However, research has shown that smartphone respondents are frequently distracted and/or multitasking, which might affect completion and response…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Handheld Devices, Response Rates (Questionnaires), Response Style (Tests)
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Aruguete, Mara S.; Huynh, Ho; Browne, Blaine L.; Jurs, Bethany; Flint, Emilia; McCutcheon, Lynn E. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This study compared the quality of survey data collected from Mechanical Turk (MTurk) workers and college students. Three groups of participants completed the same survey. "MTurk" respondents completed the survey as paid workers using the Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing platform. "Student Online" respondents also completed the…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Research Methodology, Sampling, College Students