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ERIC Number: EJ1098372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1083-6470
Determining Faculty and Student Views: Applications of Q Methodology in Higher Education
Ramlo, Susan
Journal of Research in Education, v22 n1 p86-107 Spr 2012
William Stephenson specifically developed Q methodology, or Q, as a means of measuring subjectivity. Q has been used to determine perspectives/views in a wide variety of fields from marketing research to political science but less frequently in education. In higher education, the author has used Q methodology to determine views about a variety of situations, from students' views about a newly developed bioinformatics course to faculty members' views of reading circles as a professional development experience to improve teaching and learning in their classrooms. The purpose of this article is to introduce Q methodology and demonstrate its versatility in addressing research purposes in higher education, especially where the focus is on determining student or faculty perceptions about a topic. Such determinations can be helpful for program evaluation and improved teaching/learning in higher education.
Eastern Educational Research Association. George Watson, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, College of Education and Professional Development, Huntington, WV 25755. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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