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Isham, Louise; Bradbury-Jones, Caroline; Hewison, Alistair – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This article surfaces issues about the often-used but widely under-reported practice of working with advisory fora. We critically reflect on our experiences working with an advisory network when co-designing a research study about a 'sensitive' subject. We discuss the following: (1) How the network evolved as a matter of ethical and pragmatic…
Descriptors: Networks, Advisory Committees, Ethics, Epistemology
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Gummer, Tobias; Roßmann, Joss – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Propensity score weighting often is used to correct for attrition biases in panel surveys. While methodological literature exists on the logic of propensity score weighting and its practical applications, an in-depth discussion is lacking on the effects of using this weighting to correct for attrition biases in attitudinal, behavioral, and…
Descriptors: Attrition (Research Studies), Bias, Probability, Attitudes
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Hoddy, Eric T. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Whilst critical realism (CR) is becoming recognised as a significant meta-theory for the social sciences, there is little guidance on how to produce research which is consistent with its ontological and epistemological assumptions. This article contributes to an emerging discussion about how CR can be applied, drawing on an example of a…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Realism, Grounded Theory, Social Science Research
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Höhne, Jan Karem – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
In social research, the use of agree/disagree (A/D) questions is a popular method for measuring attitudes. Research has shown that A/D questions require complex cognitive processing and are susceptible to response bias. Thus, some researchers recommend the use of item-specific (IS) questions. This study examines the processing of A/D and IS…
Descriptors: Eye Movements, Social Science Research, Research Methodology, Online Surveys
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Walters, Glenn D. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
Identifying mediators in variable chains as part of a causal mediation analysis can shed light on issues of causation, assessment, and intervention. However, coefficients and effect sizes in a causal mediation analysis are nearly always small. This can lead those less familiar with the approach to reject the results of causal mediation analysis.…
Descriptors: Effect Size, Statistical Analysis, Sampling, Statistical Inference
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Mao, Jina; Feldman, Elana – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
In this paper, we explore the methodological implications of conducting qualitative interviews when researchers and participants come from different social classes. Singling out class on its own terms, rather than considering it as an auxiliary structural factor, we examine the unique challenges that arise during cross-class interviews. Such…
Descriptors: Social Class, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Interpersonal Relationship
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Jakoubek, Marek – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This paper analyses the phenomenon of the death of informants. Based on his own experience with the long-term (1999-2016) research of Voyvodovo -- the only Czech village in Bulgaria, the author shows what the death of one's informants means for the research and the researcher. The author argues that any long-term fieldwork entails emotional…
Descriptors: Death, Field Studies, Interpersonal Relationship, Foreign Countries
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Jenner, Brandy M.; Myers, Kit C. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
While qualitative researchers increasingly accept online video interviews as a reliable method, many maintain concerns about rapport and data quality. Drawing on two separate interview projects conducted in private in-person settings, public in-person settings, and privately via Skype, we compare interview contexts with regard to rapport,…
Descriptors: Intimacy, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Videoconferencing, Comparative Analysis
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Silber, Henning; Danner, Daniel; Rammstedt, Beatrice – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This study aims to assess whether respondent inattentiveness causes systematic and unsystematic measurement error that influences survey data quality. To determine the impact of (in)attentiveness on the reliability and validity of target measures, we compared respondents from a German online survey (N = 5205) who had passed two attention checks…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Attention
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Terentev, Evgeniy; Maloshonok, Natalia – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This paper aims to explore the response-order effects for rating questions presented in item-by-item and grid formats. It was hypothesized that the primacy effect occurs for both formats of questions, and that this effect is dependent on age, education, and type of device used for responding to questions. Two randomized experiments were conducted…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Test Format, Online Courses, Student Surveys
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Gummer, Tobias; Blumenberg, Manuela S.; Roßmann, Joss – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
From the perspective of study management, research is surprisingly lacking on two of the major challenges for planning and performing content analysis: determining the sample size (i.e. number of objects to code) and the required number of coders to hire. The optimization of both of these numbers will ultimately determine how efficiently available…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Sample Size, Coding, Research Administration
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Aruguete, Mara S.; Huynh, Ho; Browne, Blaine L.; Jurs, Bethany; Flint, Emilia; McCutcheon, Lynn E. – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
This study compared the quality of survey data collected from Mechanical Turk (MTurk) workers and college students. Three groups of participants completed the same survey. "MTurk" respondents completed the survey as paid workers using the Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing platform. "Student Online" respondents also completed the…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Research Methodology, Sampling, College Students
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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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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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Haan, Marieke; Lugtig, Peter; Toepoel, Vera – International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 2019
In this study, we investigate whether mobile device use in surveys can be predicted. We aim to identify possible motives for device use and build a model by drawing on theory from technology acceptance research and survey research. We then test this model with a Structural Equation Modeling approach using data of seven waves of the GESIS panel. We…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Surveys, Intention
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