ERIC Number: ED228115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Semi-Projective Methods, Political Attitudes, and Political Reasoning.
Binford, Michael B.
Semi-projective holistic methods in political science research can augment knowledge of political attitudes and political reasoning. Semi-projective methods refer to techniques which present focused or structured stimuli and allow an unrestricted range of responses. Visual stimuli include ink blots, standard drawings, political cartoons, or draw-a-person tests. Verbal stimuli include word associations, incomplete sentences, and unfinished stories or political dilemmas. For example, the interviewer asks for responses to words and sentences such as "Democrat,""president,""union," or "I am most proud of my government's" (respondent completes the sentence). Unfinished stories focus on neighbor's feelings, running a meeting, jury problem, protest permit, zoning board, robbery, pollution, economy and the role of government, and the morality of stealing to save a life. Because the respondent is drawn into the research process, semi-projective methods provide rich, elaborate verbal data which examine the links between attitudes and basic beliefs. Given a restricted sample size, participants are selected as representatives of theoretically significant types. Major drawbacks are the quantity of data, complex coding procedures, and the need to edit responses. Profiles of two participants, interview formats, and a transcript are included. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Denver, CO, September 2-5, 1982). Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of original document.