Knowledge: Students obtain up-to-date methodological knowledge of and insights in typical research questions in cross-cultural research: in typical cross-cultural designs, in typical problems and solutions, data and analyses. Students obtain knowledge of and insights in the possibilities and limitations of cross-cultural research
Skills: Students obtain skills in finding relevant sources relating to cross-cultural research, understand these sources and follow the developments. Students enhance their ability to critically review and to interpret research results derived from cross-cultural research and to formulate evaluative conclusions based on these results. Students learn how to communicate and discuss scientific knowledge from cross-cultural research. Students learn how to deliver an oral presentation and how to write a lucid paper on a particular piece of cross-cultural research.
Attitudes: Students develop a critical attitude towards prevailing cross-cultural theories and comparative methodology.
|Contents (Inhoud / Omschrijving)
In a series of meetings, the students will be provided with insights in methodological issues on cross-cultural questions, common kinds of designs, errors and hot topics in this kind of research. Next, they will be taught how to avoid errors in questionnaire designs and sampling. Valid and practical solutions regarding harmonising of socio-economic variables as well as other types of variables will be dealt with. Major contemporary cross-cultural research will be presented, their possibilities and limitations. Students will write and present papers on the methodological quality, possibilities and limitations of these available data.
Part 1: Methodology of and for comparative research
1 Goals, questions and designs
2 Data and analysis
3 Progress meeting
Part 2: Comparative measures of education and occupation
6 Progress meeting
- King, G., R. Keohane and S. Verba (1994). Designing social inquiry, scientific inference in qualitative research. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press pp. 1-33, 115-149.
- Vijver, F. v.d. and K. Leung (1997). Methods and data analysis for cross-cultural research. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1-26, 27-58, 131-138.
- Ganzeboom, H.B.G. and D.J. Treiman (2003). Three Internationally Standardised Measures for Comparative Research on Occupational Status. Pp. 159-193 in Jürgen H.P. Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik and Christof Wolf (eds.), Advances in Cross-National Comparison: A European Working Book for Demographic and Socio-Economic Variables. New York: Kluwer.
- Gesthuizen, M., T. van der Meer, and P. Scheepers (2008). Education and Dimensions of Social Capital. European Sociological Review, 24, 5, 617-632.
- UNESCO (2003). International Standard Classification of Education, ISCED 1997. Pp. 195-220 in Jürgen H.P. Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik & Christof Wolf (eds.), Advances in Cross-National Comparison: A European Working Book for Demographic and Socio-Economic Variables. New York: Kluwer.
|Teaching methods (Werkvormen)
Lectures, seminars and student presentations
Prof.dr. P.L.H. Scheepers
|Enrollment ( Inschrijving college )
This is not for the RM SCS
|Exam enrollment ( Inschrijving tentamen )
This is not for the RM SCS