Demir, Fatih, & Mehmet Kul (2011). Modern Bir Araştırma Yöntemi Q Metodu: Algı, Tutum, Karakteristik Özellikler, Tipoloji, İçerik Analiz ve Araştırmaları İçin [A modern research method Q method: Perception, attitude, characteristics, typology, content analysis and research]. Ankara, Turkey: Adalet Publications. 120 pp. ISBN-10: 6055336049, ISBN-13: 978-6055336042

Overview: Bu kitapta giriş bölümüne ihtiyaç duyulmasının en temel sebebi, özellikle yüksek lisans ve doktora eğitimi yapan kişiler tarafından dile getirilen -Araştırmayı neden belli bir formatta yapmak zorundayız?- sorusuna kısa bir cevap vermek içindir. Aynı zamanda bu konuda karşılaşılan temel problemleri ortaya koyarak, olması gerekenlere bir nebze de olsa değinmektir. Giriş bölümünde dile getirilenlerin, araştırma sürecinin neden belli bir sistematikte yürütülmesi gerektiği ve özellikle hangi hususlara önem verilmesinin lüzumlu olduğuna ilişkin birkaç bilginin sunulması olarak görülmelidir. Kaldı ki, bir araştırma sürecinin nasıl devam etmesi gerektiği konusunda oldukça kapsamlı, ayrıntılı ve titiz çalışmalar bulunmaktadır.
Bu kitap, Q metodun Türkiye’de sosyal bilim araştırması yapanlara tanıtılmasını amaçlamaktadır. Kitapta, öncelikli olarak sosyal araştırmalarda dikkat edilmesi gereken hususlara kısaca değinilmiş ve sonrasında Q metot ayrıntılı bir şekilde ve görsel malzeme desteğiyle okuyucuya sunulmuştur. Kitapta Q metodun nasıl bir araştırma metodu olduğu ile ilgili bilgiler olmakla birlikte, bu metot aracılığıyla nasıl bilgi toplandığı, bu bilgilerin nasıl tasnifleneceği ve bilgisayar ortamına girilerek nasıl analiz edileceği de adım adım anlatılmaktadır. Özellikle bu kısım okunurken, mutlaka bilgisayar başında olunmalı ve her bir adım atlanmadan uygulama yapılmalıdır.

English translation (via Google Translate): The main reason for the need for an introductory chapter in this book is to give a short answer to the question of "Why do we have to do the research in a particular format?" At the same time, by revealing the basic problems encountered in this regard, it should be touched upon to a certain extent. What is mentioned in the introduction should be seen as the presentation of a few information about why the research process should be carried out in a certain systematic and which matters are especially important. Besides, there are extensive, detailed and meticulous studies on how a research process should continue.

This book aims to introduce the Q method to that of social science research in Turkey. In the book, first of all, the issues to be considered in social researches are briefly mentioned and then the Q method is presented to the reader in detail and with the support of visual materials. In the book, there is information about what kind of research method Q method is, but also how to collect information through this method, how to classify this information and how to analyze it by entering the computer. Especially when reading this part, you should definitely be at the computer and practice should be done without skipping each step.

Subject Headings
Research in Social Sciences
Briefly Q Method
Stages of the Q Method
Q Method Application Example
Analysis Reports Produced by PQMethod Software

Fatih Demir <fdemir@niu.edu> is in the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL (USA).

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Note: In order to remain current, publications older by five years are not typically posted on the Q-Method list. An exception is made in this case, however, due to the fact that this publication is a book, of which there are few that focus exclusively on Q methodology. (This posting would have occurred earlier had we been aware of this book’s existence.) This volume in particular draws attention to Q methodology’s growing presence internationally. Below is a list of known book-length publications, which could be supplemented by the many book chapters focused exclusively on Q methodology (not to mention book- and chapter-length subject-matter studies in which Q methodology is used) as well as the even larger number of articles that serve to introduce Q methodology.

Books on Q Methodology

Block, J. (1961). The Q‑sort method in personality assessment and psychiatric research. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas. (Republished: Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press, 1978.)

Block, J. (2008). The Q-sort in character appraisal: Encoding subjective impressions of persons quantitatively. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Brown, S.R. & Brenner, D.J. (Eds.) (1972). Science, psychology, and communication: Essays honoring William Stephenson. New York: Teachers College Press.

Brown, S.R. (1980). Political subjectivity: Applications of Q methodology in political science. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Demir, F., & Kul, M. (2011). Modern Bir Araştırma Yöntemi Q Metodu: Algı, Tutum, Karakteristik Özellikler, Tipoloji, İçerik Analiz ve Araştırmaları İçin [A modern research method Q method: Perception, attitude, characteristics, typology, content analysis and research]. Ankara, Turkey: Adalet Publications. [Turkish]

Iliescu, D. (2005). Metodologia Q. Budapest: Comunicare.ro. [Romanian]

Khoshgooyanfard, A-R. (2008). [Q-methodology]. Tehran: Research Center of IRIB [Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting] Publication. [Persian]

Kim, H.K. (2008). [Q methodology: Philosophy of science, theories, analysis, and application]. Seoul: CommunicationBooks. [Korean]

Kim, S.E. (2007). [Q methodology and social sciences]. Busan, Korea: Goldwell Publishing, Inc. [Korean]

McKeown, B.F. & D.B. Thomas (2013). Q methodology (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series, Vol. 66, 2nd ed.). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications. (1st ed., 1988)

Prasith-rathsint, S., & Sookasame, K. (2007). [Variety of innovative research methods:  Q methodology: A scientific study of subjectivity (Concepts, theory and application)]. Bangkok: Samlada. [Thai].

Said, G., & Stricklin, M. (Orgs. and Eds.) (2013). Anais da 1o conferência internacional sobre metodologia Q: Análises qualitative e quantitative na pesquisa científica [Annals of the 1st international conference on Q methodology: Qualitative and quantitative analyses in scientific research]. Teresina, Piauí, Brazil: EDUFPI [Universidade Federal do Piauí].

Stephenson, W. (1953). The study of behavior: Q‑technique and its methodology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Republished: Midway Edition, University of Chicago Press, 1975.)

Stephenson, W. (1967). The play theory of mass communication. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Republished: New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 1988.)

Stephenson, W. (1994). Quantum theory of advertising. Columbia: School of Journalism, University of Missouri.

Thorsen, A.A., & Allgood, E. (Eds.) (2010). Q-metodologi: En velegnet måte å utforske subjektivitet [Q methodology: A well-suited approach to the study of subjectivity]. Trondheim, Norway: Tapir Academic Press. [Norwegian]

Watts, S., & Stenner, P. (2012). Doing Q methodological research: Theory, method and interpretation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Zong, Y.S. (2017). [Homo ludens & Q-methodology & communication: A study of William Stephenson’s play theory of mass communication]. Beijing: China University of Political Science and Law Press. [Chinese]

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