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Isham, Louise; Bradbury-Jones, Caroline; Hewison, Alistair – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This article surfaces issues about the often-used but widely under-reported practice of working with advisory fora. We critically reflect on our experiences working with an advisory network when co-designing a research study about a 'sensitive' subject. We discuss the following: (1) How the network evolved as a matter of ethical and pragmatic…
Descriptors: Networks, Advisory Committees, Ethics, Epistemology
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Walters, Glenn D. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Identifying mediators in variable chains as part of a causal mediation analysis can shed light on issues of causation, assessment, and intervention. However, coefficients and effect sizes in a causal mediation analysis are nearly always small. This can lead those less familiar with the approach to reject the results of causal mediation analysis.…
Descriptors: Effect Size, Statistical Analysis, Sampling, Statistical Inference
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Mao, Jina; Feldman, Elana – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
In this paper, we explore the methodological implications of conducting qualitative interviews when researchers and participants come from different social classes. Singling out class on its own terms, rather than considering it as an auxiliary structural factor, we examine the unique challenges that arise during cross-class interviews. Such…
Descriptors: Social Class, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Interpersonal Relationship
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Jakoubek, Marek – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This paper analyses the phenomenon of the death of informants. Based on his own experience with the long-term (1999-2016) research of Voyvodovo -- the only Czech village in Bulgaria, the author shows what the death of one's informants means for the research and the researcher. The author argues that any long-term fieldwork entails emotional…
Descriptors: Death, Field Studies, Interpersonal Relationship, Foreign Countries
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Walter, Maggie; Suina, Michele – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
The field of Indigenous methodologies has grown strongly since Tuhiwai Smith's 1999 groundbreaking book "Decolonizing Indigenous Methodologies." For the most part however, there has been a marked absence of quantitative methodologies with the methods aligned with Indigenous methodologies predominantly qualitative. This article proposes…
Descriptors: Indigenous Knowledge, Data Analysis, Qualitative Research, Books
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Brownlie, Julie – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
How do research participants feel about having their 'ordinary' lives researched? This article focuses on how research participants manage the sharing of details emerging "out of" their ordinary lives in the context of research -- an activity which, for most, is "outside of" the ordinary. Despite two significant research turns…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Research Methodology, Participation, Participant Characteristics
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Pritchard, Erin – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Disability research often favours the use of disabled researchers carrying out research with disabled participants. It is believed to empower disabled people and create results that are more valid. However, little consideration has been given to the ethical implications of this type of research process, including in relation to female researcher…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Researchers, Safety, Ethics
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Klein, Maike; Milner, Rebecca J. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
The increasing popularity of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) in social research brings an increasing criticism about its validity, robustness and, more recently, its lack of expressive features. Recently, the novel arts-based research approach called body-mapping was recognized as enhancing social science research in creative and…
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Social Science Research, Art, Research Methodology
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Jacobs, Thomas; Tschötschel, Robin – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Quantitative text analysis tools have become increasingly popular methods for the operationalization of various types of discourse analysis. However, their application usually remains fairly simple and superficial, and fails to exploit the resources which the digital era holds for discourse analysis to their full extent. This paper discusses the…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research, Discourse Analysis, Scaling
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Bradbury-Jones, Caroline; Breckenridge, Jenna P.; Clark, Maria T.; Herber, Oliver R.; Jones, Christine; Taylor, Julie – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Literature reviews are an important and popular part of synthesising evidence across a range of disciplines. There are numerous approaches, each with their distinctive features and purposes. The aim of this article is to advance the science of literature reviewing by describing a new form of review: The 'Focused Mapping Review and Synthesis'…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Literature Reviews, Synthesis, Maps
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Crow, Graham; Andrews, Molly – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This article reports on a conversation between users of two research methods, biographical interviews and imagined futures essay writing. A dialogue form is used to discuss these methods and their potential to be combined. The value of comparing research methods is discussed, and then the two methods are described and points of connection and…
Descriptors: Biographies, Interviews, Essays, Research Methodology
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Trafimow, David – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Although the null hypothesis significance testing procedure is problematic, many still favor the use of "p"-values as indicating the state of evidence against the model used to generate the "p"-value. From this perspective, "p"-values benefit science; or would benefit science if used correctly. In contrast, the novel…
Descriptors: Hypothesis Testing, Models, Taxonomy, Probability
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Geddes, Alistair; Parker, Charlie; Scott, Sam – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Snowball sampling is frequently advocated and employed by qualitative social researchers. Under certain circumstances, however, it is prone to faltering and even failure. Drawing on two research projects where the snowball failed to roll, the paper identifies reasons for this stasis. It goes on to argue that there are alternative forms of…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Social Science Research, Sampling, Research Problems
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Airoldi, Massimo – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Qualitative researchers struggle to study the transient fields of social network sites like Twitter through conventional ethnographic approaches. This paper suggests that, in order to step further, we should distinguish between the relatively stable 'contextual' fields of bounded online communities and the fluid, 'meta-fields' resulting from the…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Social Media, Internet, Metadata
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Celestina, Mateja – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Trust is often treated as a binary where research participants either trust researchers or not, whereas in reality trust is multi-layered. Drawing on 10 months of fieldwork working with internally displaced persons and their non-displaced neighbours in rural Colombia, this article provides a more nuanced discussion of trust in research. It…
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Conflict, Researchers, Foreign Countries
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