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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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Hoekstra, R.; Vugteveen, J.; Warrens, M. J.; Kruyen, P. M. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Cronbach's alpha is the most frequently used measure to investigate the reliability of measurement instruments. Despite its frequent use, many warn for misinterpretations of alpha. These claims about regular misunderstandings, however, are not based on empirical data. To understand how common such beliefs are, we conducted a survey study to test…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Researchers, Beliefs, Knowledge Level
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Varvantakis, Christos; Nolas, Sevasti-Melissa – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
In this paper, we argue for a view of analysis as an embodied practice and review others' testimonies of carrying out multimodal ethnography. This review suggests that metaphors are key for communicating what happens to "us" in the course of the research and our subsequent sense-making practices. We identify four metaphors for…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Figurative Language, Data Collection, Data Analysis
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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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Powell, Mary Ann; McArthur, Morag; Chalmers, Jenny; Graham, Anne; Moore, Tim; Spriggs, Merle; Taplin, Stephanie – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
While there is broad consensus that involving children in research is critically important for understanding their lives, there is considerable caution around their participation in social research on 'sensitive' issues. Such caution is further amplified by a lack of agreement about what constitutes a 'sensitive topic'. This article draws on data…
Descriptors: Children, Social Science Research, Stakeholders, Parents
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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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Andoh-Arthur, Johnny; Hjelmeland, Heidi; Osafo, Joseph; Knizek, Birthe Loa – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Engaging non-conventional gatekeepers such as the police presents both promises and perils. Although studies have relied on police data for researching suicide and other sensitive topics in Africa, there is a paucity of literature that explores or reflects on police gatekeeping and its research implications. This paper presents authors'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Police, Suicide, Social Science Research
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van Wijngaarden, Els; Leget, Carlo; Goossensen, Anne – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This article focuses on research ethics in highly intimate research with possible impact on life and death. In order to stimulate an open-ended dialogue about research ethics, we reflect on four ethical challenges that came up during our research into older people with a wish to die. Drawing on our experiences, we discuss (1) the possibly…
Descriptors: Ethics, Research Methodology, Social Science Research, Older Adults
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Vaswani, Nina – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
While the ability, and indeed right, of children to be active participants in the research process has become better understood in recent years, concerns still persist when the research topic is particularly sensitive, or when the participants are vulnerable. This article provides an account of an ultimately unsuccessful research project aimed at…
Descriptors: Failure, Barriers, Grief, Children
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Wilson, Elena; Kenny, Amanda; Dickson-Swift, Virginia – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) has been proposed as an equitable, empowering partnership approach to collaborative research. International literature about the ethical implications of CBPR suggests a continuing strong interest in the topic. However, there is a notable lack of research that captures the "experience" of…
Descriptors: Ethics, Participatory Research, Community Involvement, Research Problems
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Thorpe, Rachel; Hawkes, Gail; Dune, Tinashe; Fileborn, Bianca; Pitts, Marian; Minichiello, Victor – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This paper examines the role of the research process in shaping the construction of knowledge about sensitive topics in in-depth interviews particularly with regard to researcher identity and cultural influences or norms. We argue that these influences shape all aspects of the research process and that researchers will benefit from reflecting upon…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Interviews, Cultural Influences, Females
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Keikelame, Mpoe Johannah – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Issues of positionality of Black African researchers researching African issues is seldom discussed in methodological literature. In this article, I reflect from an African perspective on issues of insider/outsider positionalities and of serendipity and unexpectedness during my fieldwork which are areas often dominated by writing from the global…
Descriptors: Females, Interpersonal Relationship, African Languages, Cultural Relevance
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van der Geest, Sjaak – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This article deals with three topics: lying, privacy and anthropological research. Their complex intertwinement is analysed using fieldwork notes and through engagement with relevant literature from various disciplines. Experiences of privacy, among researchers as well as among respondents, is underexposed in the literature on social research…
Descriptors: Deception, Privacy, Ethics, Anthropology
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Rajack-Talley, Theresa Ann; Smith, Siobhan E.; Best, Latrica; Della, Lindsay J.; D'Silva, Margaret U.; Potter, Deborah A.; Carthan, Quaniqua – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
African American communities have experienced negative effects from a history of medical abuse, lack of proper research procedures, and misinterpretations of study findings because of racism. These past injustices have led to a mistrust of research and researchers. This paper focuses on how some methodological challenges, in a study funded by a…
Descriptors: Epistemology, African American Community, Low Income, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Bradbury-Jones, Caroline; Breckenridge, Jenna; Clark, Maria T.; Herber, Oliver R.; Wagstaff, Christopher; Taylor, Julie – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Pluralism and creativity are inherent and important parts of the qualitative endeavour. The multiplicity of approaches and methods can, however, be confusing. We undertook a focused mapping review and synthesis to obtain a snap-shot profile of the state of qualitative research in health and social science literature. We retrieved 102 qualitative…
Descriptors: State of the Art Reviews, Qualitative Research, Health Sciences, Medical Research
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