Eight graduate students and two faculty members gathered recently (23-27 May 2016) for a workshop on Q methodology held in the Kent State University College of Education, Health, and Human Services, Kent, OH. The workshop was directed by Steven R. Brown, adjunct professor of evaluation and measurement in the College.
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce statistical and methodological principles associated with the use of Q method in assessment and research, and to locate Q methodology in the framework of contemporary science. Attention will focus on factor-analytic and epistemological foundations followed by illustrative applications. Required textbook: Q Methodology (2nd ed.) by Bruce McKeown & Dan B. Thomas, Sage, 2013, ISBN-10: 1452242194. This course is approved for continuing education contact hours from the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board (RCS029601).
2 graduate credit hours, $990
EVAL 50093, CRN # 14599
EVAL 70093, CRN # 14600
Steven R Brown, instructor, Foundations, Leadership, and Administration
Q Methodology in Assessment and Research
The purpose of this workshop is to introduce statistical and methodological principles associated with the use of Q method in assessment and research, and to locate Q methodology in the framework of contemporary science. Attention will focus on factor-analytic and epistemological foundations followed by illustrative applications. Required text: Q Methodology, Bruce McKeown & Dan B. Thomas, ISBN 0803927533.
This workshop is approved for Ohio School Psychologist Association-Mandatory Continuing Education credit and for continuing education contact hours from the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board (RCS029601).
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
MTWRF, May 23- 27
301 Bowman Hall
2 graduate credit hours, $634
CHDS 50093, CRN #13782
CHDS 70093, CRN #13783
Steven Brown, professor
Course offered through Lifespan Development & Educational Sciences
To register, go to http://www.kent.edu/cde/workshops/credit/creditreg.cfm.
Noori Akhtar-Danesh is scheduled to direct a workshop entitled “Q-methodology: Bridging between Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Health Research” at the 8th International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Health, July 15-17, Samos Island, Greece. The workshop is designed to help participants to develop an understanding of Q methodology as an emerging research method for the study of subjectivity in health research. The different steps of Q methodology in health research will be explained as it is applied to a research topic and participants will have the opportunity to participate actively in the different steps of the research process. Also, some common issues in Q methodology such as sample size, reliability and validity, and interpretation of the statistical analysis will be discussed.
Noori Akhtar-Danesh is Associate Professor of Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and former president of ISSSS.
Earlier this year, Prof Wendy Stainton Rogers visited New Zealand. While here, she presented two seminars as a Distinguished Visitor of the BRCSS network. BRCSS (pronounced ‘bricks’) stands for Building Research Capability in the Social Sciences. It is an innovative initiative of the New Zealand government. As a network of social scientists at all eight New Zealand universities, BRCSS makes use of video-conferencing links. Accordingly, Wendy delivered her first seminar from Wellington (the capital city at the base of the North Island) and her second from Dunedin (South Island), with four or five other locations tuning in. The material covered in the second presentation (available as audio and powerpoint) is somewhat more introductory than the first (available as video and powerpoint). The powerpoint files can also be accessed directly. The recordings have not been edited, but you can easily skip past the introductions, or move directly to another portion of the presentation.
Please be sure to credit Wendy if you make further use of any of her material, which she is pleased to have in the public domain. Similarly, I am happy for any of my remarks as discussant at the first seminar to be quoted with attribution (and please excuse me as the video conferencing format was a first for me!) I hope you will enjoy learning from Wendy as much as I did.
Host and discussant: At Otago University
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM
Description: Wendy discusses the abductive logic of inquiry and using Q methodology as a form of discourse analysis in a social constructionist framework
Date: Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Time: 11:33 AM
If the various above links fail to work, you can navigate to the seminar page: http://www.brcss.net.nz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=95&Itemid=146
The University of Illinois at Chicago is offering an online three graduate hour Q-Methodology course starting this Fall semester. The course will allow the professional and/or the busy graduate student to learn Q over an eight week time span. To register for the course, please apply for admission to the graduate college at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/prospective_students/index.html. The course is BHIS 594 and you must take 3 credit hours. The deadline for Fall is August 1st; however, the course will be offered every semester as long as 5 students are enrolled.
The program chair for the 33rd annual conference of the International Society of Political Psychology (July 7-10, San Francisco) has announced acceptance of the following three conference events involving Q methodology:
Panel: Reintroducing Q Methodology
Abstract: Q methodology was innovated in the 1930s and its main principles and procedures, largely of a technical and statistical nature, were worked out in the context of British psychology. Subsequently, the methodology was embraced by personality, clinical, and counseling psychology in the U.S. in the 1950s and ’60s, but fell into relative disuse. It was introduced into the political and social sciences in the 1970s and was initially incorporated into research in political psychology in the ’80s. Since then, however, its popularity within political psychology has waned while at the same time gaining wider acceptance in other fields, most notably in public policy generally and health and environmental policy more specifically. The purpose of this panel is to reintroduce Q methodology to a new generation of political psychologists through the presentation of four research applications: a single-case analysis of an authoritarian personality, analysis of public reactions to President Barack Obama, evaluation of Q methodology’s utility in enhancing the persuasability of policy campaigns, and its use (in conjunction with other methods) in ameliorating inter-group violence.
Workshop: Fundamentals of Q Methodology (Organizer: Steven R Brown, Kent State University)
Q methodology emerged in the 1930s as a means for the systematic study of subjectivity and it is applicable across the entire range of human activity. Although developed in psychology, it has come to be utilized more in political science and policy, especially in the health and environmental fields, but also in other areas outside political psychology. Its use has been somewhat limited in political psychology due in part to the novel and controversial aspects of its procedures and also because of uncertainty about its technical features and the range of topics to which it can be applied. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a brief history of Q methodology and an introduction to its major principles, and then to involve participants in a brief study during which they will perform Q sorts that will then be correlated and factor analyzed using the PQMethod program. Results will be interpreted followed by a discussion of other applications in which interest is expressed. Time will also be devoted to clarifying misconceptions and to providing opportunities to discuss controversies.
Plenary Address: “The Lost Scent of Subjectivity” (Lasswell Award Address) (by Steven R Brown, Kent State University).
The University of Cape Town (specifically, the School of Health and Rehabilitation at UCT) has agreed to host a 2-day introductory course on Q Method next month, on July 13 and 14. Presenters will be Dr Judy McKenzie and Dr Bob Braswell. For more information, see http://tiny.cc/UCTQinvite (this links to a Google Docs page with details in PDF format). We hope that some of participants of this list will be able to join us for this event.
Workshop participants (from the left in the image): Jane Blank, University of Phoenix, healthcare administration; Ingunn Storksen, University of Stavanger (Norway), psychology; Thomas Lennon, Kent State University, counseling; Steven Brown, Kent State University, political science; Lok Subba, University of Stavanger, educational psychology; Heidi Larew, Kent State University, counseling; Kristin Bruns, Kent State University, counseling; Peter Finnerty, Kent State University, counseling; Debra London, Kent State University, counseling; Klara Overland, University of Stavanger, psychology; and Linda Schurch, Walden University, education.
This summer’s workshop met, as usual, under the auspices of the Department of Counseling, Graduate School of Education, Health, and Human Services, Kent State University, and workshop members brought with them a variety of intellectual and research interests: avian influenza and public health, political psychology and policy, suicide prevention, lesbian-gay-bisexual-transsexual issues, clinical supervision, mindfulness practices, virtual technologies in training, daycare centers, virtual leadership, developmental psychology, and children with learning difficulties. The workshop covered the usual topics—history and principles, Q sorting, calculation of correlations, data-entry into the QMethod program, explanation of computer output, manual extraction of factors and graphical rotation, calculation of factor scores, and factor interpretation. Ingunn Storksen and Klara Overland presented an overview of the BAMBI project at the University of Stavanger (involving Q sortings by preschoolers from families of divorce). Travis Schermer (doctoral candidate in counseling, Kent State University) also presented the results of his dissertation research on men in counseling.