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Selected reading

Analyzing Focus Group Results

 Richard A. Krueger & Mary Ann Casey

“Qualitative analysis is not whatever you want it to be. Unfortunately that is a perception some people hold. The intent of this chapter is to present an overview of focus group analysis – analysis that is practical, systematic and verifiable”.…

Thinking Symbolically

Johnny Saldana

“The purpose of this chapter is not to discuss the multifaceted details of symbolic representation or their utilization in, for example, semiotics, but to heighten your awareness of their possible applications for qualitative inquiry”. This chapter comes from…

Functional Convolution Models

By Maria Asencio, Giles Hooker and H Oliver Gao

This article considers the application of functional data analysis methods to modelling particulate matter emission profiles from dynamometer experiments. In particular the functional convolution model is introduced as an extension…

A Framework for Using Discourse Analysis for the Review of the Literature in Counseling Research

By Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie and Rebecca K. Frels

The purpose of this article is to provide a framework for counselor researchers and practitioners for using a qualitative data analysis technique to analyze and interpret literature review sources—a process that we call a Discourse Analysis-Based Research…

Problematization meets mystery creation: Generating new ideas and findings through assumption-challenging research

By Mats Alvesson and Jörgen Sandberg

“Our purpose in this chapter is not to develop methodological procedures for generating more accurate and ‘objective’ representations of reality or of the authentic experiences and meanings of people; rather, our purpose is to discuss…

Blog Posts

Crime Surveys User Conference 2014, 8 December 2014, Brettenham House, London

This Crime Surveys User Conference is being organised by the UK Data Service for Monday 8 December 2014.

The program will contain a mixture of papers from the data producers, including the Office for National Statistics, and researchers.

Presentations will be based on analysis of the UK crime surveys, e.g. the Crime Survey for England and Wales (formerly the British Crime Survey), Offending, Crime and Justice Survey or the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey.

Booking at:…


Posted by Helen Johnson on October 27, 2014 at 17:14

Free Webinar – Teaching Research Methods: How to Make it Meaningful to Students

How do you capture your students’ attention in your research methods course?  What works, and what doesn’t?  What are some of the challenges you face, and how do you overcome them?

Join SAGE authors Gregg Van Ryzin and Dahlia Remler on Wednesday, October 29, 11AM PT as they share their vast experience and approach to teaching Research Methods to students with diverse interests and different…


Posted by SAGE Publications on October 22, 2014 at 18:30

Free tips, resources, and exercises from SAGE’s Success in Research Series

View the resources here

SAGE has pulled together some tips, exercises and resources covering a number of key areas of professional and research development: presenting research, developing research proposals,…


Posted by SAGE Publications on October 20, 2014 at 15:59

From research question to exploratory data analysis workshop

21 November 2014

University of Manchester

This is a one day introductory workshop which looks at the initial stages involved in undertaking a research project using survey data from the UK Data Service collection.

We will focus on the steps involved in:

  • clarifying a research question
  • using the UK Data Service Discover tool to locate data
  • evaluating data for your…

Posted by Alix Taylor on October 16, 2014 at 10:23

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.


Informants as researchers: Action Learning

Started by Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko in Methodspace discussion on Tuesday.

Analyzing Focus Group Results

Started by SAGE Publications in Selected reading on Monday.

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1 Informants as researchers: Action Learning

Informants as researchers: Action Learning

Posted by Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko on October 28, 2014

2 Analyzing Focus Group Results

Analyzing Focus Group Results

Posted by SAGE Publications on October 27, 2014

3 Thinking Symbolically

Thinking Symbolically

Posted by SAGE Publications on October 27, 2014

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Informants as researchers: Action Learning

I am preparing a research plan and the idea is to conduct research on certain special network of which also some key players of that network would be involved as short-term researchers in order to learn during the process, develop their own practices, and to acquire information that researchers from 'outside' might not be able to collect.Do you know any sources from which I could get some methodological guidance for such a "research-oriented informant involvement"? The idea is that as these…See More



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