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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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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
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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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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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Gravlee, Clarence C.; Maxwell, Chad R.; Jacobsohn, Aryeh; Bernard, H. Russell – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This article tests whether collecting pile-sort data online produces results similar to those obtained with face-to-face methods. We collected pile sorts from 227 university students in the cultural domain of emotions. To test for mode and design effects, we randomly assigned participants to face-to-face or internet modes and to either a 15- or…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Online Searching, Internet, Interviews
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Ivankova, N. V.; Plano Clark, V. L. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Mixed methods research is growing in acceptance and complexity, which translates into significant pedagogical challenges for teaching about mixed methods research. To address this challenge and to contribute to creating a pedagogical culture for teaching research methods, we developed a practically focused conceptual framework for describing the…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Models, Course Evaluation
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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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Denvir, Catrina – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
This study explores how virtual desktops hosted within a cloud computing environment can be used as a data capture tool to undertake research exploring web-browsing and web-searching behaviour. It details the protocol used to observe the task-orientated web interactions of 105 university and school aged participants within the confines of a…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Data Collection, Internet, Information Management
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Povee, Kate; Roberts, Lynne D. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2015
In psychology, there has been a growing interest in mixed methods approaches, however, only a minority of published research explicitly use this methodology. This study aimed to explore the full range of attitudes toward mixed methods research in psychology held by students and academics, using the model of attitudes by Eagly and Chaiken as a…
Descriptors: Psychology, College Students, College Faculty, Mixed Methods Research