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Methodological considerations and assumptions in social science survey research

Daniel B. WrightDaniel B. Wright

Daniel B. Wright is Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His interests are in quantitative methods and applied cognitive science (in particular, learning in groups).

Abstract

The articles in this special issue are based largely on results from online social surveys on beliefs and self-reported behaviours related to COVID-19, with an emphasis on ethnicity differences. There are many considerations and assumptions used when conducting this type of research, and when analysing the resulting data, which are often not discussed in the resulting journal articles. These include how the research questions are chosen, how the measurement of the key constructs is done and the analytic approach. The article goes through several of the steps necessary to conduct social science survey research that are often not reported in papers. The aim is to provide a backstage view of how this approach to social scientific questions occurs, pulling back the curtain on these issues.

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methodologyassumptionssurveysCOVID-19statistics
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Published on: 14 December 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 5
Article ID: 035
Pages:35 - 58
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Wright (2023), ' Methodological considerations and assumptions in social science survey research ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 5): 035 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s5.035

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Methodological considerations and assumptions in social science survey research

Daniel B. WrightDaniel B. Wright

Daniel B. Wright is Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His interests are in quantitative methods and applied cognitive science (in particular, learning in groups).