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von der Lippe, Holger; Gamper, Markus – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
There is an increasing body of research which examines the reliability and validity of different modes of network measurement with most studies focusing on the classical paper or digital network questionnaires. Visual methods of data collection, in which interviewees draw their ego-centered network in a pictorial representation, still live a kind…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Freehand Drawing, Self Concept, Data Collection
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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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Howard, Cosmo; Brady, Michelle – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
An increasing challenge for teaching methods courses in the social sciences is the 'critical turn', which has encouraged some students to adopt an anti-empirical orientation. We present a case study of a compulsory undergraduate methods course in a political science department strongly influenced by post-structuralist philosophies. The first…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Courses, Research Methodology, Social Science Research
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Buckley, Jennifer; Brown, Mark; Thomson, Stephanie; Olsen, Wendy; Carter, Jackie – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
Those aiming to respond to the recognised shortage in quantitative skills within the UK social sciences have increasingly focused on the content of undergraduate degree programmes. Problems occur when quantitative methods are generally confined to a dedicated module, detached from substantive topics. This model makes it hard for students to…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Statistical Analysis, Curriculum Development, Communities of Practice