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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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Lažetic, Predrag – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
This article discusses the possible ways in which visual research methodologies can be extended and applied to study similarities and differences in higher education institutions (and systems) in the context of the visual and digital turn in social science methodologies. The article focuses on the methodological potential of the institutional…
Descriptors: Colleges, Web Sites, Information Dissemination, Higher Education
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Mey, Erik; van Hoven, Bettina – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Participatory research actively engages participants in some or all stages of the research process -- from deciding on scope and problem statement to actively collecting data to disseminating results and effecting change. Considering the shifting roles of participants and researchers in participatory ageing research, to the academic, participatory…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Participatory Research, Researchers, Aging (Individuals)
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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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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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Heath, Sue; Chapman, Lynne – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This paper explores the potential of observational sketching as a social science research tool, informed by our own recent experiments with observational sketching techniques and approaches. We first outline the historical roots of academic sketching and note a recent resurgence of interest in sketching in certain disciplines. We then introduce…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Research Methodology, Observation, Freehand Drawing
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Holdershaw, Judith; Melnyk, Valentyna; Gendall, Philip; Wright, Malcolm – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Despite years of refinement and improvement to questionnaire design, the need remains to identify effective, but 'user-friendly' questioning procedures to predict behaviour, without compromising predictive performance. Questionnaires developed to predict behaviour typically use an attitudinal approach. However, those types of questionnaires are…
Descriptors: Behavior Theories, Predictor Variables, Comparative Analysis, College Students
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Bell, David M.; Pahl, Kate – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This article outlines how co-production might be understood as a utopian method, which both attends to and works against dominant inequalities. It suggests that it might be positioned 'within, against, and beyond' current configurations of power in academia and society more broadly. It develops this argument by drawing on recent research funded…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Foreign Countries, Universities, Imagination
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Höhne, Jan Karem; Krebs, Dagmar – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
The effect of the response scale direction on response behavior is a well-known phenomenon in survey research. While there are several approaches to explaining how such response order effects occur, the literature reports mixed evidence. Furthermore, different question formats seem to vary in their susceptibility to these effects. We therefore…
Descriptors: Test Items, Response Style (Tests), Questioning Techniques, Questionnaires
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Van Mol, Christof – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
With the growing possibilities for conducting web surveys, researchers increasingly use such surveys to recruit student samples for research purposes in a wide array of social science disciplines. Simultaneously, higher education students are recurrently asked to complete course and teacher evaluations online and to participate in small-scale…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Research Methodology, Social Science Research, College Students
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Tolich, Martin; Choe, Louisa; Doesburg, Adam; Foster, Amy; Shaw, Rachel; Wither, David – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
The pedagogy of teaching research methods, let alone research ethics, is an under-researched field. In this article a sociology lecturer connects five postgraduate students in a qualitative research ethics course with two novice ethnographers' candid empirical studies. While it is common for students to read articles and books on the topic, what…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Ethics, Active Learning, Sociology
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Neuert, Cornelia Eva; Lenzner, Timo – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2016
In this study, we investigated whether incorporating eye tracking into cognitive interviewing is effective when pretesting survey questions. In the control condition, a cognitive interview was conducted using a standardized interview protocol that included pre-defined probing questions for about one-quarter of the questions in a 52-item…
Descriptors: Eye Movements, Research Methodology, Interviews, Pretesting
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Purdam, Kingsley – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2016
Conducting social science research is a complex process, and social science students face a number of learning challenges in order to develop their skills. Moreover, new sources and types of data including so-called big data are providing new opportunities for research, but also pose methodological challenges. In this article, we explore a…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Research Methodology, Research Skills, Online Surveys
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Corti, Louise; Van den Eynden, Veerle – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
Researchers' responsibilities towards their research data are changing across all domains of social scientific endeavour. Government, funders and publishers expect greater transparency of, open access to, and re-use of research data, and fears over data loss call for more robust information security practices. Researchers must develop, enhance and…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Research Methodology, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development
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Keane, Elaine – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
This paper considers the practical implementation of constructivist grounded theory principles in a study of widening participation in Irish higher education. Following a brief introduction to the research study upon which this paper draws, a rationale is provided for the use of grounded theory and the objectivist-constructivist nexus is examined.…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Grounded Theory, Higher Education, Social Justice
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