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Emmel, Nick – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
In this paper, I elaborate a realist post-disciplinary methodology. Its starting point are disciplines. Some features of disciplines are well understood. But the implications of their irreducibility to mechanical procedure is rarely acknowledged. Building on this observation this paper proceeds through investigating transdisciplinary…
Descriptors: Realism, Research Methodology, Intellectual Disciplines, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Ralston, Kevin; Gorton, Victoria; MacInnes, John; Gayle, Vernon; Crow, Graham – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
One of the most commonly identified obstacles in the learning-teaching of quantitative material is statistics anxiety. Of the factors analysed in relation to statistics anxiety, age and gender have received a substantial proportion of the research focus. Yet there is limited work that systematically examines the possibility of an…
Descriptors: Statistics, Anxiety, Negative Attitudes, Mathematics Skills
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O'Leary, Noreen; Salmon, Nancy; Clifford, Amanda M. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
Theoretical frameworks add depth to research and increase the transferability of findings. Unfortunately, theory application within interprofessional research is often ad hoc, superficial and poorly reported. Consequently, there are limited examples for researchers in the field to draw on when selecting and applying theory. In this paper, we…
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Educational Research, Case Studies, Ethnography
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Park, Yoosung; Tsuchiya, Takahiro – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
While many studies examine tools and techniques to improve survey response rates, it remains unclear as to which are effective, and response rates continue to decline. In this study, we examine the effect of four variables expected to influence mail survey response rates: (1) the use of semi-transparent envelopes versus ordinary paper envelopes…
Descriptors: Mail Surveys, Response Rates (Questionnaires), Design, Paper (Material)
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Dyer, Wendy; Williams, Malcolm – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
The use of quantitative methods within realist methodologies are fairly rare. This is perhaps because a realist understanding of the social word as complex and dynamic (messy but not chaotic) does not sit well with traditional variable-based causal analysis which test specific theoretical assumptions, yet cannot account for interaction, moderation…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Realism, Research Methodology, Epistemology
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Smagacz-Poziemska, Marta; Bukowski, Andrzej; Martini, Natalia – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
Praxeological turn in social research resulted in many examples of empirical studies using the concept of social practice. They are mostly case studies of a single or clearly defined practices, such as cooking, dancing or energy consumption. There is a lack of studies employing this concept as a framework for research on complex, dynamic and…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Urban Areas, Housing, Foreign Countries
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Martí, Mónica; Ródenas, Carmen – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
This paper analyses the reliability and accuracy of the relationships between migration and employment status when estimated using a linked data set. The analysis will be carried out using a new source, the "Labour and Geographical Mobility Statistics," which is provided by the Spanish Statistical Office. This statistic is constructed by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Error of Measurement, Occupational Mobility, Migration
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Rogers, Baker A. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
In this research note, I use an autoethnographic approach to examine the challenges of qualitative research for queer scholars, and to bring the embodied, interactive, and gendered research experience to life. I compare and contrast how my queer embodiment and identity was received, or erased, in two different research contexts, both within the…
Descriptors: Researchers, Qualitative Research, Homosexuality, LGBTQ People
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Larsson, Jens; Burenhult, Niclas; Kruspe, Nicole; Purves, Ross S.; Rothstein, Mikael; Sercombe, Peter – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
Studies of human spatial behavior increasingly rely on a combination of audiovisual and geospatial recordings. So far, however, few analytical environments have offered opportunities for integrated and expedient annotation and analysis of the two. Here we report the first study aimed at integrating geospatial data in an environment developed for…
Descriptors: Human Geography, Social Science Research, Data Use, Data Analysis
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Dalkin, Sonia; Forster, Natalie; Hodgson, Philip; Lhussier, Monique; Carr, Susan M. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
There have been several calls for more transparency in realist methods, particularly in the complex process of programme theory development and refinement. This paper will describe the way in which Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software, specifically, NUD*IST Vivo (NVivo), was used to build and refine programme theories (using…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Data Analysis, Computer Software, Realism
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Fail, Stefanie; Schober, Michael F.; Conrad, Frederick G. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
To explore socially desirable responding in telephone surveys, this study examines response latencies in answers to 27 questions in a corpus of 319 audio-recorded voice interviews on iPhones. Response latencies were compared when respondents (a) answered questions on sensitive vs. nonsensitive topics (as classified by online raters); (b) produced…
Descriptors: Telephone Surveys, Handheld Devices, Responses, Interviews
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Lobe, Bojana; Morgan, David L. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
The article introduces a systematic comparison of video-based dyadic interviews and focus groups using newly developed tools for evaluating the success of one way of doing focus groups over another. We conducted a series of online discussions using a video conferencing tool, half of which consisted of four-person focus groups and the other half…
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Computer Mediated Communication, Synchronous Communication, Interviews
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Duggan, James – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
This article explores the co-production of research as creative, speculative, and eventful rather than as research processes determined by equality, empowerment and social justice. There are persuasive critiques of participatory and co-produced methods. In response, the case is made for focusing instead on the complex processes through which…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Creativity, Research Methodology, Imagination
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Nicholas, Graeme; Foote, Jeff – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
This paper discusses methodological challenges in researching practice. The primary challenge discussed arises from the view that practice is inextricable from its performance, and that performance is embedded in social relations, material infrastructures and historical context. The paper argues for a philosophical hermeneutics approach that works…
Descriptors: Research Problems, Research Methodology, Qualitative Research, Hermeneutics
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Rinkus, Marisa A.; Donovan, Shannon M.; Hall, Troy E.; O'Rourke, Michael – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2021
Interaction is the distinctive feature of focus groups, yet little attention has been devoted to understanding techniques for enhancing the quality of interactions. We argue that using a quantitative survey instrument with focus groups has specific benefits beyond traditional open-ended topic lists or questions. We describe particular features of…
Descriptors: Surveys, Focus Groups, Group Discussion, Interaction
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