This notion is better quantified by Valenta and Wigger (1997): "Generalizations in Q-methodology research are based on the validity and theoretical implications of identified opinion types, and not on their numerical distribution among study participants" (p.
The transition from traditional to post positivist policy analysis: A role for Q-methodology.
Due to the need to measure self-efficacy both quantitatively and qualitatively, Q-methodology was deemed to be a logical approach.
Q-methodology was developed originally by William Stephenson in the 1930s as a research method to study human subjectivity systematically.
Interpretations of informed choice in antenatal screening: a cross-cultural, Q-methodology
In their article, "Four Views of the Professional School Counselor-Principal Relationship: a Q-Methodology
Study," published in the August 2008 issue of Professional School Counseling, Christopher Janson, Matthew Militello and Natalie Kosine, state, "School principals and professional school counselors matter.
Q-methodology was chosen to implement in this research study.
The final Q-sort for this study was comprised of 48 Q-sample statements that a panel of experts screened, including a doctorally prepared Q-methodology expert and two masters prepared content experts.
Second, we introduce Q-methodology and explain how it can be used to examine and clarify the PSM construct.
Using Perry's research as a cornerstone, this study applies a different technique, Q-methodology, to understand PSM from the individual's point of view.
Although Stephenson's Q-sort is well known to psychologists, his more elaborate Q-methodology
to Phenomenological Descriptions of Children's Experiences