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Planning a Grounded Theory Study

By Melanie Birks & Jane Mills

“In this chapter we will explore issues relating to planning in grounded theory research. A structured framework for planning your study is proposed, along with guidelines to assist you in using essential grounded theory methods in diverse research…

From Abduction to Axiology: An extract from The SAGE Dictionary of Qualitative Inquiry, Fourth Edition

By Thomas A. Schwandt

The SAGE Dictionary of Qualitative Inquiry is a one-of-a-kind guide to the terms and phrases that help shape the origins, purpose, logic, meaning, and methods of the practices known as qualitative inquiry. The dictionary entries provide a guide to the methodological…

Mixed Methods in Emerging Academic Subdisciplines: The Case of Sport Management

By Jan-Willem van der Roest, Ramón Spaaij and Maarten van Bottenburg

This article from the Journal of Mixed Methods Research examines the prevalence and characteristics of mixed methods research in the relatively new subdiscipline of sport management. A mixed methods study is undertaken…

How Telephone Interviewers’ Responsiveness Impacts Their Success

By Jessica Broome 

Growing rates of nonresponse to telephone surveys can contribute to nonresponse error, and interviewers contribute differentially to nonresponse. Why do some telephone interviewers have better response rates than others? This study uncovered a critical behavior of successful…

Specialized and Focused Data Collection Methods

By Catherine Marshall and Gretchen B. Rossman

“The researcher can choose to incorporate several somewhat more specialized or focused methods in the design of a study, as appropriate. Each of those described in this chapter is a full and complete method in and of itself and has a…

Blog Posts

New Report Calls for £470m Increase in UK’s Social Science and Innovation Budget

SAGE, a leading independent academic publisher (and the parent of Methodspace), and strong advocate for the social sciences, has published a major new report, written by the Campaign for Social Sciences (CfSS) highlighting the value of social sciences to the UK economy and society.

The Business of People: The Significance of Social Science over the Next Decade calls for at least a 10 per cent increase in…


Posted by SAGE Publications on February 24, 2015 at 15:54

Share for Citation of published Papers

What are the good websites to share the published papers?

As far as I know, Academia, Researchgate  are good websites to share the work. Do you know any other web sites ?

Posted by Rasika Athapaththu on February 10, 2015 at 9:45

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.

Latest Activity

Jim Harries posted a discussion

Intercultural Research between the West and Africa

Research in Africa being enormously dominated by European languages very frequently results in local contextual detail being filtered out of view. The solution seems to be; use languages indigenous to Africa. Further thoughts on this?See More
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Ronald Hikel joined Alexandra Cuncev's group

Qualitative inquiry

A group for discussion on qualitative research
2 hours ago
Ronald Hikel joined Glen Gatin's group

Grounded Theory Process

for researchers interested in process of discovering theory through the systematic analysis of data following the classic grounded theory method
3 hours ago
Maria Rosita Cagnina joined nuno araujo's group

Research Software for Social Sciences

A group to discuss the tools of the software available for research in social sciences
Feb 17



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