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Guest, Greg; Namey, Emily; Taylor, Jamilah; Eley, Natalie; McKenna, Kevin – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Qualitative researchers often have to decide whether to collect data using focus groups or individual interviews. We systematically compare these two methods on their ability to generate two types of information: unique items in a brainstorming task and personally sensitive disclosures. Our study sample consisted of 350 African-American men living…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Interviews, Randomized Controlled Trials, Qualitative Research
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Tolich, Martin; Choe, Louisa; Doesburg, Adam; Foster, Amy; Shaw, Rachel; Wither, David – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
The pedagogy of teaching research methods, let alone research ethics, is an under-researched field. In this article a sociology lecturer connects five postgraduate students in a qualitative research ethics course with two novice ethnographers' candid empirical studies. While it is common for students to read articles and books on the topic, what…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Ethics, Active Learning, Sociology
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Labhart, Florian; Santani, Darshan; Truong, Jasmine; Tarsetti, Flavio; Bornet, Olivier; Landolt, Sara; Gatica-Perez, Daniel; Kuntsche, Emmanuel – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
We developed the Geographical Proportional-to-size Street-Intercept Sampling (GPSIS) method in order to obtain a sample of nightlife-goers which accounted for the diversity of spaces, patrons and locations within two Swiss cities. Popular nightlife zones were identified and quantified using social media data and local experts' knowledge. Young…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Urban Areas, Social Life, Sampling
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Turner, N.; Almack, K. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
This article contributes to a growing literature that takes a more nuanced approach to exploring the complexities of relationships and negotiations with gatekeepers. Using our study of young people living with a parent at the end of life as a 'critical case' of sensitive qualitative research, we discuss how far from being a smooth, linear process,…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Participant Characteristics, Recruitment, Youth
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Högbacka, Riitta – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Researcher reflexivity, meaning the revealing of the researcher's assumptions and her position vis-à-vis those researched, has by now become commonplace. This article explores such issues in the context of a larger study of transnational adoption for which I conducted interviews with South African birth mothers as both a researcher/interviewer and…
Descriptors: Reflection, Mothers, Adoption, Research Methodology
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Sharland, Elaine; Holland, Paula; Henderson, Morag; Zhang, Meng Le; Cheung, Sin Yi; Scourfield, Jonathan – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Embedded within quantitative longitudinal panel or cohort studies is narrative potential that is arguably untapped but might enrich our understanding of individual and social lives across time. This paper discusses a methodology to assemble the life history narratives of families using social work by drawing on quantitative data from the British…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Longitudinal Studies, Social Work, Multivariate Analysis
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Lau, Charles Q.; Baker, Melissa; Fiore, Andrew; Greene, Diana; Lieskovsky, Min; Matu, Kim; Peytcheva, Emilia – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Survey researchers are increasingly concerned that the presence of other people (bystanders) may affect data quality in structured, face-to-face survey interviews. In this article, we study bystanders using data from 15,309 face-to-face surveys about technology from Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Brazil and Guatemala. Our analysis (1) describes the…
Descriptors: Surveys, Researchers, Information Technology, Correlation
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Brunton-Smith, Ian; Tarling, Roger – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Missing data (attrition and non-response) are a feature of most surveys especially longitudinal/panel studies. And many such studies now have multilevel designs and hence multilevel data structures. Recent advances in imputation methodology now offer social researchers opportunities to address issues of missing data in a statistically principled…
Descriptors: Surveys, Case Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Institutionalized Persons
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Mann, Rosemary; Warr, Deborah – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Growing interest in mixed method approaches to social research, alongside calls to expand methodological toolboxes to include the use of visual, mobile, sensory and observational methods, are generating diverse forms of research data that represent a range of ways of knowing. We discuss a study that used multiple methods to explore the…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Dropouts, Foreign Countries, Ethnography
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Wilson, Gemma – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Photographic images allow data to be captured from an alternative perspective. Traditional, manual cameras are the most common method of recording photographic data, however, innovative technology is changing the way in which photographs can be collected. Wearable cameras enable a vast amount of photographic images to be captured, automatically,…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Photography, Data Collection, Research Methodology
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Paulus, Trena; Woods, Megan; Atkins, David P.; Macklin, Rob – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
We still know relatively little about how researchers use qualitative data analysis software (QDAS) such as ATLAS.ti and NVivo. We conducted a discourse analysis of 763 empirical articles published from 1994 to 2013 that explored the language used by researchers when reporting QDAS use. We found that most researchers provided few details of their…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Data Analysis, Computer Software, Journal Articles
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Moeyaert, Mariola; Ugille, Maaike; Natasha Beretvas, S.; Ferron, John; Bunuan, Rommel; Van den Noortgate, Wim – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
This study investigates three methods to handle dependency among effect size estimates in meta-analysis arising from studies reporting multiple outcome measures taken on the same sample. The three-level approach is compared with the method of robust variance estimation, and with averaging effects within studies. A simulation study is performed,…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Effect Size, Robustness (Statistics), Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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Lloyd, Liz; Calnan, Michael; Cameron, Ailsa; Seymour, Jane; Smith, Randall; White, Kate – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
This article discusses findings from a qualitative longitudinal study of dignity in later life, which focused on the perspectives of older people at a time when their need for help and support was increasing as a result of long-term illness. It reflects critically on the methodology for its ability to generate knowledge about this eventful and…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Human Dignity
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Welch, Vicki; Turner-Halliday, Fiona; Watson, Nicholas; Wilson, Philip; Fitzpatrick, Bridie; Cotmore, Richard; Minnis, Helen – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
Obtaining informed consent can be challenging in stressful and urgent circumstances. One example is when potential participants have recently had their child removed into care; intervention is urgent and mandatory whereas participation in associated research is voluntary. Using a nested qualitative study, we examined experiences of consent…
Descriptors: Informed Consent, Child Abuse, Ethics, Intervention
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Nind, Melanie; Armstrong, Alan; Cansdale, Mal; Collis, Anne; Hooper, Clare; Parsons, Sarah; Power, Andrew – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2017
This paper explores the potential of an online TimeBank for inclusive research to address some of the challenges related to the unequal distribution of power and money for researchers within and outside the academy working in collaboration. The problem, the concept of TimeBanking, and the relationship of TimeBanking to inclusive research…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Money Management, Banking, Power Structure
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