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Foundations of working with Stata, The Essentials

By Kyle C. Longest

The thought of conducting statistical operations on top of learning a new computer program can be a doubly daunting task – often bringing with it a considerable amount of anxiety. This chapter from Using Stata for Quantitative Analysis is explicitly designed…

iPads as instructional tools to enhance learning opportunities for students with developmental disabilities

By Therese M Cumming, Iva Strnadová and Sylvia Singh

The study from the SAGE journal Action Research details an action research focused on the process and outcomes of the introduction of iPad technology to support students with developmental disabilities at a private high…

General Mental Ability as a Source of Differential Functioning in Personality Scales

By Amy M. DuVernet, Natalie A. Wright, Adam W. Meade, Chris Coughlin and Tracy M. Kantrowitz

This article from the SAGE journal Organizational Research Methods investigates whether general mental ability may affect the response process associated with personality…

The Nature and Scope of Child Research

By Gary B. Melton, Daphna Gross-Manos, Asher Ben-Arieh and Ekaterina Yazykova

“Insights about the nature of children’s involvement in everyday life in community settings are at the base of the development of childhood studies, including new directions for empirical…

Blog Posts

Researchers, communities and ethically significant experiences - call for contributions

Thanks to those who have visited my research blog and left a comment.  I am receiving lots of views on the blog but only a small number of contributions. 

This is a problem for me because the contributions are my data and 'there ain't much of it'.…


Posted by Elena Wilson on August 29, 2014 at 1:03

Essex Home Coming: Digital Data Delights; 50 years of bits and bytes, 13 September 2014, University of Essex, Room LTB 7 (210)

The UK Data Archive, now a world-class and pioneering digital data archive, was set up in 1967 at the University. At this talk, Hersh Mann will showcase our best-loved collections and what our users do with these.

Dr Hersh Mann is Senior Training and Support Officer at the UK Data Archive. He has a long association with Essex, receiving both his bachelor’s degree and PhD in the Department of Government before joining the Archive in 2009.

Time: 10.30 - 11.30…


Posted by Helen Johnson on August 27, 2014 at 15:56

Big Data: No Free Lunch for Protecting Privacy

The past and future collided last year for the International Year of Statistics, when six professional organizations celebrated the multifaceted role of statistics in contemporary society to raise public awareness of statistics, and to promote thinking about the future of the discipline. The past came in the form of the 300th anniversary of Jacob Bernoulli’s Ars conjectandi (Art of Conjecturing) and the 250th anniversary of Thomas Bayes’ “An Essay Towards Solving a Problem in…


Posted by SAGE Publications on August 25, 2014 at 15:44

Free Webinar: Supporting Research Methods in the Library

How much do students look to you for guidance with their research projects? Are they well-supported in the research process and do they have a clear methodology, or do you constantly need to point them to the right content?

While students of all levels are tasked with conducting research, their familiarity with the project design process and methodology can vary widely, and often librarians are called upon to guide them. Our panelists will give you their tips and tools to assist…


Posted by SAGE Publications on August 20, 2014 at 15:43

Learn how to embrace social media


***Read the event blog here***

Should social science researchers embrace social media and, if we do, what are the implications for our methods and practice?

We know that social media tools are increasingly being used to as part of the social sciences. The nature of these tools means that it is a fast changing environment, with new practices emerging all the time. Despite this, there is limited interaction between practitioners or synthesis of different methods. There are also few opportunities to reflect on the implications of social media tools for our subjects of study, methods and ethics. Our network of methodological innovation brings together academics, researchers and research stakeholders in a community of practice with members drawn from the cutting-edge of academia, market research and applied social research.

The network is led by NatCen Social Research, SAGE and the Oxford Internet Institute, and funded by the NCRM. It’s hosted over several different platforms, including Methodspace, Blogspot, Twitter and YouTube, and will run over 12 months.


Best guidelines for determining sample sizes? 1 Reply

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