We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting three different pre-conference workshops on Wednesday, October 10th.

Introduction to Q Methodology Workshop

Facilitators:
  • Professor Sue Ramlo, University of Akron
  • Professor James Rhoads, Westminster College.
The Introduction to Q Methodology Workshop will provide an overview of the essential steps necessary to carry-out a study using Q Methodology. This hands-on workshop, which is meant primarily for those who are new to Q, will cover Q v. R, concourse theory, statement selection, P-set selection, Q-sorting, factor analysis and data interpretation.  This will be a half-day morning workshop.

Advanced Q Methodology Workshop

Facilitators:
  • Professor Steven R. Brown (Kent State University)
  • Professor James M. M. Good (Durham University)
This workshop is intended for Q scholars with more than elementary research and reading experience.  The facilitators will lead the group through a number of issues that continue to challenge Q methodologists, tackling particular areas where debate or misunderstandings have arisen.  The agenda is in the process of formulation but may include issues such as theoretical rotation, the structuring of Q samples and propositional sets, the forced Q-sort distribution, abduction as inference and process, the prior analysis of questionnaires, and single case studies as well as more historical/philosophical matters such as Newton’s Fifth Rule, the role of the Scottish Enlightenment, the laws of subjectivity, parallels with quantum theory, the status of consciousness vs. subjectivity, etc. Conferees who intend to enroll for the workshop are encouraged to copy both facilitators (sbrown@kent.edu and j.m.m.good@durham.ac.uk) with their preferred topics for discussion.  This will be a full-day workshop.

Completing a Q Dissertation

 

Facilitators:
  • Professor James E. Bartlett, II (North Carolina State University)
  • Professor Michelle E. Bartlett (North Carolina State University)
This session is intended for doctoral students that are interested in conducting a Q study as their dissertation or thesis research.  The session will discuss why use Q methodology and ways to justify the use of the method.  The session will discuss how to gain support of a dissertation committee and explain the methodology to a committee that has limited experience with Q.  This training session will discuss the sections of a dissertation proposal, common questions asked about the methodology by committee members, and how a graduate student can address those questions.  Participants in the session will be provided an opportunity to ask questions concerning their own dissertations.  The session will end with two examples of dissertation proposal defenses that used Q methodology. Participants will be provided with a PowerPoint template for a dissertation proposal defense.  The facilitators can be reach via email James (James_bartlett@ncsu.edu) and Michelle (mebartle@ncsu.edu).  This will be a half-day afternoon workshop.