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Groenewald, Candice; Timol, Furzana; Desmond, Chris – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
The value of social science research lies within the development and implementation of study designs that adequately address complex research questions. This not only relates to the sampling strategies employed, but also the quality and applicability of the research team and associated networks. In this paper, we demonstrate the importance of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Homeless People, Advisory Committees, Social Science Research
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Islam, Maisha – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
This research note explores some of the contentions that have emerged from Muslim-on-Muslim research and how this can implicate the researcher more personally. Speaking in the context of methodological concerns arising from qualitative research, the paper consider the following aspects: inappropriate access of participants, over-representation of…
Descriptors: Researchers, Muslims, Individual Characteristics, Identification (Psychology)
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Summers, Kate – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
There is increasing emphasis on understanding economic advantage alongside disadvantage -- on studying both 'poverty' and 'riches'. This trend prompts and requires new ethical reflection. I argue that in qualitative interview research, a clearer distinction needs to be drawn between ethical commitments to individual research participants, and the…
Descriptors: Ethics, Economically Disadvantaged, Advantaged, Negative Attitudes
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Spallek, Melanie; Haynes, Michele; Baxter, Janeen; Kapelle, Nicole – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2020
In recent years, the Australian government has encouraged open access to administrative data, providing new opportunities for examining life course pathways and evaluating social policies. This paper demonstrates the importance of establishing partnerships in the use of administrative data for social research. In collaboration with the data…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Social Science Research, Foreign Countries, Welfare Services
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Pritchard, Erin – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Disability research often favours the use of disabled researchers carrying out research with disabled participants. It is believed to empower disabled people and create results that are more valid. However, little consideration has been given to the ethical implications of this type of research process, including in relation to female researcher…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Researchers, Safety, Ethics
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Mey, Erik; van Hoven, Bettina – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Participatory research actively engages participants in some or all stages of the research process -- from deciding on scope and problem statement to actively collecting data to disseminating results and effecting change. Considering the shifting roles of participants and researchers in participatory ageing research, to the academic, participatory…
Descriptors: Older Adults, Participatory Research, Researchers, Aging (Individuals)
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Hoekstra, R.; Vugteveen, J.; Warrens, M. J.; Kruyen, P. M. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Cronbach's alpha is the most frequently used measure to investigate the reliability of measurement instruments. Despite its frequent use, many warn for misinterpretations of alpha. These claims about regular misunderstandings, however, are not based on empirical data. To understand how common such beliefs are, we conducted a survey study to test…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Researchers, Beliefs, Knowledge Level
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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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Powell, Mary Ann; McArthur, Morag; Chalmers, Jenny; Graham, Anne; Moore, Tim; Spriggs, Merle; Taplin, Stephanie – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
While there is broad consensus that involving children in research is critically important for understanding their lives, there is considerable caution around their participation in social research on 'sensitive' issues. Such caution is further amplified by a lack of agreement about what constitutes a 'sensitive topic'. This article draws on data…
Descriptors: Children, Social Science Research, Stakeholders, Parents
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Celestina, Mateja – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Trust is often treated as a binary where research participants either trust researchers or not, whereas in reality trust is multi-layered. Drawing on 10 months of fieldwork working with internally displaced persons and their non-displaced neighbours in rural Colombia, this article provides a more nuanced discussion of trust in research. It…
Descriptors: Trust (Psychology), Conflict, Researchers, Foreign Countries
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Andoh-Arthur, Johnny; Hjelmeland, Heidi; Osafo, Joseph; Knizek, Birthe Loa – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Engaging non-conventional gatekeepers such as the police presents both promises and perils. Although studies have relied on police data for researching suicide and other sensitive topics in Africa, there is a paucity of literature that explores or reflects on police gatekeeping and its research implications. This paper presents authors'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Police, Suicide, Social Science Research
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van Wijngaarden, Els; Leget, Carlo; Goossensen, Anne – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This article focuses on research ethics in highly intimate research with possible impact on life and death. In order to stimulate an open-ended dialogue about research ethics, we reflect on four ethical challenges that came up during our research into older people with a wish to die. Drawing on our experiences, we discuss (1) the possibly…
Descriptors: Ethics, Research Methodology, Social Science Research, Older Adults
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Vaswani, Nina – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
While the ability, and indeed right, of children to be active participants in the research process has become better understood in recent years, concerns still persist when the research topic is particularly sensitive, or when the participants are vulnerable. This article provides an account of an ultimately unsuccessful research project aimed at…
Descriptors: Failure, Barriers, Grief, Children
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Wilson, Elena; Kenny, Amanda; Dickson-Swift, Virginia – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) has been proposed as an equitable, empowering partnership approach to collaborative research. International literature about the ethical implications of CBPR suggests a continuing strong interest in the topic. However, there is a notable lack of research that captures the "experience" of…
Descriptors: Ethics, Participatory Research, Community Involvement, Research Problems
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Thorpe, Rachel; Hawkes, Gail; Dune, Tinashe; Fileborn, Bianca; Pitts, Marian; Minichiello, Victor – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2018
This paper examines the role of the research process in shaping the construction of knowledge about sensitive topics in in-depth interviews particularly with regard to researcher identity and cultural influences or norms. We argue that these influences shape all aspects of the research process and that researchers will benefit from reflecting upon…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Interviews, Cultural Influences, Females
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