A Brief Introduction to Q Methodology

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dc.contributor.author Yang, Yang
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-12T20:38:45Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-12T20:38:45Z
dc.date.issued 2016-04-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/32814
dc.description Citation: Yang, Y. (2016). A brief introduction to Q methodology. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology [Special Issue]: Quantitative and Mixed-Method Research, 7(2), 42-54. doi: 10.4018/IJAVET.2016040104
dc.description.abstract Q methodology is a method to systematically study subjective matters such as thoughts and beliefs on any given topic. Q methodology can be used for both theory building and theory testing. The purpose of this paper was to give a brief overview of Q methodology to readers with various backgrounds. This paper discussed several advantages of Q methodology that makes it attractive to researchers and practitioners who are interested in understanding different perspectives or behavioral patterns toward any given topic, its distinct position as a methodology, and how it fits into the qualitative—mixed—quantitative continuum. The paper further used two research studies as applications to demonstrate how to perform a Q methodological study, involving the following steps: development of the Q sort statements; selection of the P set (participants); Q sorting; and analysis and interpretation of Q sorts.
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.4018/IJAVET.2016040104
dc.rights Copyright © 2016 IGI Global
dc.rights.uri http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1947-8607/
dc.subject Mixed Methods
dc.subject Q Methodology
dc.subject Qualitative Continuum
dc.subject Subjectivity
dc.title A Brief Introduction to Q Methodology
dc.type Article
dc.date.published 2016
dc.citation.doi 10.4018/IJAVET.2016040104
dc.citation.epage 54
dc.citation.issn 1947-8607
dc.citation.issue 2
dc.citation.jtitle International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology (IJAVET)
dc.citation.spage 42
dc.citation.volume 7
dc.contributor.authoreid yyang002


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