Kalvas, František (2017). Využití Q metodologie pro konstrukci vlastního měřícího nástroje (An use of Q methodology for construction of own measuring tool). Evaluační Teorie a Praxe, 5(1), 1-34. (in Czech)

Abstract: The paper shows how to use the Q methodology for constructing own measuring tools. The Q methodology is complex technique of data collection and analysis for the most objective researching of subjectivities. We demonstrate the construction of our own measuring tool on example of religious collective memory in close detail. We use set of 48 sentences taken from daily press from years 2010–2013, the selection of sentences is based on a key-word search and discussions of the research team. These sentences involve important Czech historical persons, events, places and holidays; one half of sentences reflects religious interpretation, and the other half is strictly non-religious. The set is rated by 46 participants sampled intentionally. We use their ratings for an extraction of two subjectivities and we construct a Likert scale for each subjectivity. We use scales for a survey questionnaire. We administer the survey in two rounds, in the first round we ask a random sample of 1004 respondents and in the second round we ask a sample of 311 children or parents of respondents from the first round. We select respondents for the first round by random stratified sampling, strata are based on the region and size of settlement of residence. In the second round, we address almost all contacts received in the first round. Our survey results showed that the constructed scales allowed us the comparison of generations, but it was not possible to tell which subjectivity was the most dominant in the population.

František Kalvas <kalvas@kss.zcu.cz> is in the Department of Sociology, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czechia.