Doing Q Methodological Research: Theory, Method & Interpretation / Edition 1

Doing Q Methodological Research: Theory, Method & Interpretation / Edition 1

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Doing Q Methodological Research: Theory, Method & Interpretation / Edition 1

This book introduces the theory and practice of Q methodology. The authors explain the origins of Q methodology in factor analysis and the R methodological procedures, and go on to explain the theory behind Q as set out by the method's early pioneers. They also look at how Q deals with issues such as subjectivity, abduction and constructivism. The book shows readers how to set up, run, and analyze an effective study using Q methodology. Illustrated with examples and case studies throughout, the book offers advice on highly practical issues such as the conduct of fieldwork, working with participants, and good data management.

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ISBN-13: 9781849204156
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/04/2012
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Simon Watts is PGR Training Coordinator and Deputy Head of the Graduate School in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is responsible for organizing all the research, professional development, and advanced training programs for PGR students within the faculty and teaches extensively on these programs. He primarily publishes instructional papers in the area of research methodology/skills, is particularly well known for his work with Q methodology, and is lead author of the Sage publication ‘Doing Q methodological research: Theory, method, and interpretation’ (co-authored with Professor Paul Stenner at the Open University). Simon’s various book and journal publications have been cited in excess of 2000 times since 2012.

Table of Contents

Introducing Q Methodology: The Inverted-Factor Technique
Theory and Q Methodology: From Stephenson to Constructionism
Basic Design Issues: Research Questions and Q Sets
Doing the Fieldwork: Participants, Materials and Procedure
Understanding the Analytic Process (1): Factor Extraction
Understanding the Analytic Process (2): Factor Rotation and the Preparation of Factor Arrays
Factor Interpretation
Writing and Publishing Q Methodological Papers
General Instructions for Completing a Q Methodological Study
Conducting an Analysis Using PQ Method: A Step-by-step Guide (plus an explanation of the PQ Method output or .lis file
First Draft Crib Sheets (for study factors 2, 3, 4 and 5)

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