Doing Q Methodological Research Theory, Method and Interpretation

ISBN-10: 1849204152
ISBN-13: 9781849204156
Edition: 2012
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Description: This book introduces the theory and practice of Q methodology, and takes the reader on a journey from understanding the early history of the method to being in a position where the reader will be able to do Q methodology for themselves. Watts and  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 3/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

This book introduces the theory and practice of Q methodology, and takes the reader on a journey from understanding the early history of the method to being in a position where the reader will be able to do Q methodology for themselves. Watts and Stenner cogently and clearly set out the origins of Q methodology in factor analysis and the R methodological procedures, and go on to explain the theory behind Q as set out by the method's early pioneers. They also look at how Q deals with issues such as subjectivity, abduction and constructivism. The main purpose of this book is to enable the reader to set up, run and analyse and effective study using Q methodology. The book is illustrated with examples and case studies throughout, and offers advice on highly practical issues such as the conduct of fieldwork, working with participants, good data management. The bulk of the book looks at process of analysis itself in Q methodology and examines and explains analysis through the use of a dataset and practical examples and exercises.

About the authors
Acknowledgements
List of figures and tables
Theory
Introducing Q methodology: the inverted factor technique
Theory and Q methodology: from Stephenson to constructionism
Method
Basic design issues: research questions and Q sets
Doing the fieldwork: participants, materials and procedure
Understanding the analytic process (1): factor extraction
Understanding the analytic process (2): factor rotation and the preparation of factor arrays
Interpretation
Factor interpretation
Writing and publishing Q methodological papers
Appendices
General instructions for completing a Q methodological study
Conducting an analysis using PQ Method: a step-by-step guide (plus an explanation of the PQ Method output or .lis file)
First draft crib sheets (for study factors 2, 3, 4 and 5)
References
Index

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