Doing Q Methodological Research: Theory, Method & Interpretation

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SAGE, Mar 19, 2012 - Reference - 248 pages
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This book is a simple yet thorough introduction to Q methodology, a research technique designed to capture the subjective or first-person viewpoints of its participants. Watts and Stenner outline the key theoretical concepts developed by William Stephenson, the founder of Q methodology, including subjectivity, concourse theory and abduction. They then turn to the practicalities of delivering high quality Q methodological research.

Using worked examples throughout, the reader is guided through:

• important design issues

• the conduct of fieldwork

• all the analytic processes of Q methodology, including factor extraction, factor rotation and factor interpretation.

Drawing on helpful conceptual introductions to potentially difficult statistical concepts and a step-by-step guide to running Q methodological analyses using dedicated software, this book enables interested readers to design, manage, analyse, interpret and publish their own Q methodological research.

 

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Contents

the inverted factor technique
3
from Stephenson to constructionism
24
SECTION 2 Method
47
research questions and Q sets
49
participants materials and procedure
69
factor extraction
91
factor rotation and the preparation of factor arrays
113
SECTION 3 Interpretation
145
7 Factor interpretation
147
8 Writing and publishing Q methodological papers
169
APPENDIX
189
References
225
Index
236
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Simon Watts is Deputy Scientific Director of Thales UK, Aerospace Division. He joined Thales (then EMI Electronics) in 1967 and has subsequently worked on a wide range of radar and EW projects, particularly airborne maritime surveillance radar systems. He is author and co-author of over 30 journal and conference papers and several patents, mainly relating to radar performance in sea clutter.

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