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Corple, Danielle J.; Linabary, Jasmine R. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
Many ethical concerns in online big data research stem from a pervasive assumption that data are disembodied and place-less. While some scholars have begun addressing the ethical dilemmas of big data, few offer approaches or tools that fully grapple with the situatedness of online data and its ethical implications. We draw on feminist new…
Descriptors: Feminism, Ethics, Research, Epistemology
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Lehner-Mear, Rachel – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
This paper discusses ethical issues surrounding Netnography, an innovative methodology, relatively unusual in Education research. It explores the ethical approach developed for a study of UK mother perspectives on primary school homework found on open-access parenting websites, reviewing issues considered at the project's outset and examining…
Descriptors: Ethics, Educational Research, Research Methodology, Social Science Research
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Bergeron, Dave A.; Gaboury, Isabelle – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
Realist evaluation (RE) is a research design increasingly used in program evaluation, that aims to explore and understand the influence of context and underlying mechanisms on intervention or program outcomes. Several methodological challenges, however, are associated with this approach. This article summarizes RE key principles and examines some…
Descriptors: Research Design, Program Evaluation, Context Effect, Research Problems
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Hughes, Kahryn; Hughes, Jason; Tarrant, Anna – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
This paper addresses two interrelated questions concerning what interview data are and how researchers might use them. The first considers the value of a shift from a predominant or exclusive focus upon how data are constructed and produced at interview, and towards how such data might be apprehended through different forms of…
Descriptors: Interviews, Qualitative Research, Data Analysis, Internet
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Durrant, Gabriele B.; Maslovskaya, Olga; Smith, Peter W.F. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Researchers have become increasingly interested in better understanding the survey data collection process in interviewer-administered surveys. However, tools for analysing paradata capturing information about field processes, also called call record data, are still not yet fully explored. This paper introduces sequence analysis as a simple tool…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Data Analysis, Interviews, Surveys
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Paulus, Trena M.; Pope, Elizabeth M.; Woolf, Nicholas; Silver, Christina – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Few studies have explored approaches to teaching qualitative data analysis software (QDAS). As more researchers rely on self-teaching, more research into best practices for developing QDAS expertise is warranted. In this paper, we report our experience using the Five-Level QDA® method to guide the design of an introductory ATLAS.ti workshop. By…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Data Analysis, Computer Software, Workshops
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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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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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Vogl, Susanne; Schmidt, Eva-Maria; Zartler, Ulrike – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Multiple perspective interviews (MPIs) involve interviewing members of a social group separately and triangulating their accounts during analysis to gain insights into the functioning of such groups (e.g. families). So far, there has been little engagement with the specific challenges of MPI research during the analysis, particularly with…
Descriptors: Interviews, Mixed Methods Research, Epistemology, Population Groups
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Walter, Maggie; Suina, Michele – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
The field of Indigenous methodologies has grown strongly since Tuhiwai Smith's 1999 groundbreaking book "Decolonizing Indigenous Methodologies." For the most part however, there has been a marked absence of quantitative methodologies with the methods aligned with Indigenous methodologies predominantly qualitative. This article proposes…
Descriptors: Indigenous Knowledge, Data Analysis, Qualitative Research, Books
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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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York, Richard – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
A common motivation for adding control variables to statistical models is to reduce the potential for spurious findings when analyzing non-experimental data and to thereby allow for more reliable causal inferences. However, as I show here, unless "all" potential confounding factors are included in an analysis (which is unlikely to be…
Descriptors: Inferences, Control Groups, Correlation, Experimental Groups
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Thelwall, Mike – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
The need to elicit public opinion about predefined topics is widespread in the social sciences, government and business. Traditional survey-based methods are being partly replaced by social media data mining but their potential and limitations are poorly understood. This article investigates this issue by introducing and critically evaluating a…
Descriptors: Social Media, Public Opinion, Systems Approach, Video Technology
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Vogl, Susanne; Zartler, Ulrike; Schmidt, Eva-Maria; Rieder, Irene – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Collecting multiple perspectives data (e.g. from related individuals) in a qualitative longitudinal design can provide rich understanding of the dynamics at play in complex relational systems, and the different perceptions of people involved. However, such approaches are inherently challenging due to the complexity and volume of data involved. So…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Longitudinal Studies, Interviews, Data Analysis
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Sligo, J. L.; Nairn, K. M.; McGee, R. O. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Mixed methods research requires integration of qualitative and quantitative data. However, there is debate about how to define integration and what is required for integration to occur. This paper describes a mixed methods research project which revisits datasets from different eras, which were originally instigated for different purposes and had…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Adolescents, Occupational Aspiration, Occupations
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