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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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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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Brown, Nicole – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This paper considers the use of identity boxes as a data collection method to elicit experiences. Participants were asked to respond to questions using objects to represent their answers. The rationale for using identity boxes was to allow for a more embodied, less textual approach. The identity boxes were then also used to create an artistic…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Self Concept, Art, 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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Haan, Marieke; Lugtig, Peter; Toepoel, Vera – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
In this study, we investigate whether mobile device use in surveys can be predicted. We aim to identify possible motives for device use and build a model by drawing on theory from technology acceptance research and survey research. We then test this model with a Structural Equation Modeling approach using data of seven waves of the GESIS panel. We…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Surveys, Intention
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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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Berchtold, André – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Most quantitative studies in the social sciences suffer from missing data. However, despite the large availability of documents and software to treat such data, it appears that many social scientists do not apply good practices regarding missing data. We analyzed quantitative papers published in 2017 in six top-level social science journals.…
Descriptors: Research Problems, Research Methodology, Social Science Research, Data Analysis
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Contandriopoulos, Damien; Sapeha, Halina; Larouche, Catherine – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This research note discusses opportunities and challenges of using online survey engines for social network analysis (SNA) data collection and assessing sample size and representativeness. The discussion is based on a case study of SNA data collection for a pilot research on health-relevant policy networks in Canada. Our approach demonstrates how…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Data Collection, Research Problems
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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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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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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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Faran, Yifat; Zanbar, Lea – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
The present study is the first to examine empirically whether required fields in online surveys impair reliability and response pattern, as participants forced to respond to all items may provide arbitrary answers. Two hundred and thirteen participants completed a survey consisting of six questionnaires testing personal and social issues and…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Test Reliability, Response Style (Tests), Questionnaires
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Fick, Fiona; Muhajarine, Nazeem – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Realist evaluation (RE) is increasingly adopted to assess the effectiveness of social programs. RE goes beyond measurement of outcomes, providing insight into how and why programs work by focusing on how participants experience and respond to programs within certain contexts. A RE was conducted on Healthy Start-Départ Santé (HSDS), an early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Program Evaluation, Theories, Program Effectiveness
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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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