R18: Using QMethodology in your Research
Q-methodology can be used to investigate the complexity of differing participants’ positions where differences of opinion are expected. Q-methodology is a way of thinking about research; a methodology in its own right. As such, researchers use this methodology across differing fields of research in ways that suit their position as a researcher. This methodology uses a card-sorting technique that generates data for factor analysis. These factors indicate correlations of position amongst participants. Q-methodology can therefore provide in-depth quantitative and qualitative data associated with social influences in a measurable form. The use of subjectivity is of great importance in this methodology, allowing participants the freedom to express their positions. This workshop will focus on the qualitative aspect of Q-methodology.
The workshops outline includes:
- The Inventor of Q-methodology: William Stephenson
- The Science of subjectivity
- Considering ones position as a researcher and how this would influence the use of Q-methodology
- Developing a concourse
- Carrying out the Q-sort
- Qualitative analysis of the participants Q-sorts and generated factors
This two hour workshop will introduce you to the key concepts of Q methodology, which will be underpinned with examples from the facilitator’s research and experience.
Facilitator: Dr Zeta Brown, Faculty of Education, Health & Wellbeing