Doing Q Methodological Research Theory, Method and Interpretation
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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 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 3/19/2012
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|About the authors|
|List of figures and tables|
|Introducing Q methodology: the inverted factor technique|
|Theory and Q methodology: from Stephenson to constructionism|
|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|
|Writing and publishing Q methodological papers|
|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)|