Search Results for Category: Big-data and Tag: Methods in Action

Social Media Data Often Fails in Gauging Public Opinion

We often consider social media as a tool which, among other things, gives us direct insight to the views and positions of voters. But blind spots are plentiful. Joseph Cabosky discusses multiple reasons why social media data can often fail in gauging public opinion.

Categories: Quantitative, Social Issues

Tags: Methods in Action, Political Science, Social Media, The Conversation, Voting

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Big Data Uncovers Prevalence of Gender Inequality in Creative World

The term “big data” may bring to mind swaths of private information held by tech companies. But lots of big data is, in fact, visible to all – we just may not think of it as “data.” If you’ve been to the movies recently, you will have seen a dataset of credits – listing the […]

Categories: Big Data

Tags: Creative Industry, Methods in Action, The Conversation

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Qualitative Research & Policy Studies: Articles

Qualitative Approaches to Policy Research in Education: Contesting the Evidence-Based, Neoliberal Regime (Kerrigan & Johnson, 2018) Abstract: This issue highlights problems with the neoliberal research regime in education policy—one that marginalizes, homogenizes, and dismisses communities, critical voices, and methodologies that could improve educational practice. We argue for greater methodological diversity in policy studies when engaging […]

Categories: Creative Methods, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Journals, Qualitative, Social Issues, Uncategorised

Tags: Methods in Action

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Qualitative Research & Policy Studies: Interview with Editors

JS. In the introduction to this special issue, you state: “These political and discursive interventions in education, however, are not solely to blame for the dismissal of qualitative inquiry. Some of this blame must be apportioned to researchers themselves.” Can you make suggestions for researchers who want to conduct qualitative or mixed methods research, but fear […]

Categories: Creative Methods, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Journals, Qualitative, Uncategorised

Tags: Methods in Action

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We Looked at 4 Million Pitches to See How Many Mistakes Umpires Make

Baseball is back, and fans can anticipate another season of amazing catches, overpowering pitching, tape-measure home runs – and, yes, controversial calls that lead to blow-ups between umpires and players. Home plate umpires are at the heart of baseball; every single pitch can require a judgment call. Yet ask any fan or player, and they’ll […]

Categories: Big Data, Qualitative, Quantitative

Tags: Baseball, Methods in Action

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Sampling Flaws Upset 2016 Election Polling Predictions

In statistics, a random sample is the cornerstone of any analysis. By ‘random,’ statisticians mean that the units of analysis (often people) are selected blindfold from the target population the researcher would like to say something about. When polling political party preferences, random samples are also used, but sometimes things go wrong because the population […]

Categories: Quantitative

Tags: Methods in Action, Polling

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Methods in Action: Pioneering Work Inside Immigrant Detection Centers

Immigrants are driving the narrative in politics in Western democracies, whether it’s background to the Brexit debate, a key plank in the Trump campaign or a failed strategy in the French presidential election. What often fails to win as many headlines is the story of the immigrants themselves, especially those detained and awaiting deportation. Criminologist […]

Categories: Qualitative

Tags: Methods in Action

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Methods in Action: Participatory Action Research

ary M. Somerville approaches leadership in her role as university librarian using participatory design, which creates learning systems and professional practices that support information sharing and knowledge creation for informed action throughout the workplace. This in turn creates fertile conditions for workplace learning, she happily explains, for and with other campus stakeholders. She explains that […]

Categories: MentorSpace, Qualitative

Tags: Action Research, Libraries, Methods in Action, Participatory Action Research

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Our Twitter Emotions Tool Predicted the Trump Victory

As the world dissects the how and why of Donald Trump’s presidential victory, pollsters are already coming under severe criticism for getting it so wrong. But a tool we created that analysed emotions towards the two candidates on Twitter accurately predicted the result. Unlike other poll predictors that just take a snapshot in time, our […]

Categories: Big Data

Tags: Emotions, Methods in Action, Social Media, Twitter

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Methods in Action: Meeting the Syrian Refugee Women of Beirut

I crawled into my bed at my flat-share in Beirut, shattered from a day of intense focus groups with women who had left their homes in war-torn Syria to seek refuge in the city. For ease of organisation, we had arranged three over the course of one day. The difficulty was that once a group […]

Categories: Qualitative

Tags: Diaries, Focus Groups, Methods in Action, Syria

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