How Can Librarians Help Teach Research Methods ?

This post originally appeared on the SAGE Connection blog. *** How can librarians better support faculty who teach research methods? What materials do students look for in their libraries? Sharlene Hesse-Biber, a celebrated research methods author and faculty member at Boston College, sought out the answers to these questions by working closely with her library […]

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Statistical Association Takes on Use, Abuse of P-values

Even as it insists it’s not really saying anything new, the American Statistical Association Board of Directors has laid down a marker in the debate over what constitutes “statistical significance.” After months of discussion with a blue-chip panel of experts, the association has laid down six principles about what constitutes good practice when dealing with […]

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Bronwyn Cross-Denny on Reducing Research Anxiety for Students

By Carrie Montoya, Senior Editorial Assistant, SAGE This post originally appeared on the SAGE Connection blog as part of its Connecting with the Community series and is reposted with permission. Bronwyn Cross-Denny, Ph.D.,  LCSW is one of two recipients of the SAGE/CSWE 2015 Award for Innovative Teaching in Social Work Education. Understanding that some social work students […]

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Webinar: Teaching Educational Research Methods: Making it Real & Relevant for Students

Join Dr. Craig A. Mertler for a webinar discussion on the challenges of teaching research methods as well as strategies for making the course relevant for students. Dr. Mertler will discuss: • the importance of the course and how to approach the topic with students • instructor challenges around teaching the course to a variety […]

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Alex Clark on Methods: Stories and Numbers Should Go Together

Is ‘methods’ a process or a discipline, or something else entirely? Here, Alex Clark, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods addresses that question, the tensions between quantitative and qualitative approaches, and what does the future hold for methods in a conversation with Leah Fargotstein, social science journals editor at SAGE (the parent of […]

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Focusing on Average Treatment Impacts May Underestimate Program Impacts

This post is based on the article “Reconsidering findings of “no effects” in randomized control trials: Modeling differences in treatment impacts” by Brad Chaney. The article appears online at the American Journal of Evaluation. When impacts vary from one subgroup to another, then focusing on average treatment effects (ATEs) may underestimate the impacts, according to […]

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Is It Time to Say Goodbye to a Fickle Friend, the P Value?

By Lewis Halsey This article by Lewis Halsey originally appeared at The Conversation under the title “Goodbye P value: is it time to let go of one of science’s most fundamental measures?” How should scientists interpret their data? Emerging from their labs after days, weeks, months, even years spent measuring and recording, how do researchers […]

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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 […]

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