Al Talbott and Q Methodology honored in Brazil

Wednesday night, June 25, the rector and academic council of the Federal University of Piaui in Teresina, Brazil, conferred the Honris Causa degree on Al Talbott before a standing-room-only audience of professors and students from across the campus. Because Talbott was unable to attend due to doctor’s orders, Mike Stricklin accepted the degree on his behalf. Rob Logan represented Talbott’s doctoral students, many of whom have used Q in their theses. The ceremony opened a three-day conference dedicated to Q Methodology and to Al Talbott’s academic contributions. More than 150 professors and students are registered.

“What is Q Methodology, What Does It Seek to Accomplish?” Michael Stricklin, Departamento de Comunicacao Social, UFPI, Teresina, PI

“Contributions of Prof. Albert Talbott to Education” H. Will Norton Jr., dean, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Nebraska

“Aplicacoes da Metodologia Q na area de Linguistica Aplicada e Ensino/Aprendizagem de linguas” Maria Carmen Khnychala Cunha, Departamento de Linguistica Aplicada, UFU, Uberlandia, MG

“What lies beneath: casting stakeholders’ perceptions in rural development projects evaluation through Q methodology” Virginia Gravina, Senior Statistician, FAGRO, Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay

“The Brazilian National Hymn and the Star-Spangled Banner: A Q-Study of Student Attitudes in Two Countries” Gustavo Fortes Said, Departamento de Comunicacao Social, UFPI, Teresina, PI, and L.W. Woods Stricklin, Adjunct ESOL Instructor Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon

“Contributions of Q-Methodology to Educating Children” Diane Montgomery, Educational Psychology, Oklahoma State University”, Stillwater, OK

“Student Learning Styles: A Q study based on the Oxford Learning Style Evaluation” Linda Gentry El-Dash, Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem, UNICAMP, Campinas, SP

“Reconsidering Play Theory” Robert A. Logan, Director of Communications, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD

Q Seminar in Teresina, Brazil

The seminar honoring Al Talbott has been set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 26, 27 & 28. While not the Brazilian debut for Q, it will be an ideal opportunity to display Q methodology.

Prof. Gustavo Said, organizer for the seminar, wishes to invite papers addressing

* Talbott’s contributions to Q-Methodology as researcher and mentor,
* papers on topics related to Q-Methodology,
* reports of Q-studies.

Please send an abstract (150 words) by Friday, March 14 to either or Accepted papers will be announced before Monday, March 31. Presenters will be expected to attend the seminar in Teresina.


Here are a few more details.

* Power Point presentations are encouraged and will be translated into Portuguese for simultaneous display.
* Participants are invited to participate in an introductory course on Q for Brazilian doctoral students and faculty, which will be offered in tandem with the Talbott Seminar; the course is sponsored by the Brazilian Universidade do Vale dos Sinos (UNISINOS) and the Federal University of Piaui (UFPI).
* Publication of the proceedings of the Talbott Seminar in the form of a book is being arranged with the support of UNISINOS, UFPI, and CNPQ, the Brazilian National Council of Technological and Scientific Development.
* Individualized packages for international travelers will be offered by Embarque Turismo, where Chere Stricklin is a director of international study.
* To reduce costs for travelers, hotel accommodations and most meals will be subsidized.
* Additional travel information will be provided to those sending abstracts.