Sage Research Methods, edited by Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug and Richard A. Williams, is a new 4 million word publication on research methods, updating the well-known series, Sage Encyclopedia of Research Methods, to an online format. The School's Academics have authored two of the Foundation chapters in Sage Research Methods. Professor… Continue reading Research methods: the School’s academics contribute to a major new online publication
Stephanie Taylor reflects on the life of Andrea Levy on the DD317 blog. Andrea Levy who died last month, has been deservedly celebrated in a number of articles and obituaries. She is probably best known as the author of the prize-winning novel 'Small Island'. Open University students may also be aware that she received an… Continue reading Andrea Levy at the Open University
A new BBC series on the arts of Oceania is a useful reminder of issues around culture and, perhaps less obviously, different theories about the nature of people. The Level 3 module Advancing social psychology (DD317) discusses culture, including the sometimes problematic assumptions that derive from classic psychological studies of 'other' people that were conducted… Continue reading Culture, art and a social psychological issue
Over on the DD317 Advancing Social Psychology blog, Stephanie Taylor has written about PhD student Marie Paludan's award-winning research on how young women confront and manage all the current cultural ideas about who they are and who they should be, as well as living their lives as contemporary young women. Here's the abstract of Marie's thesis:… Continue reading Open University research on young women’s experience
In a blog prompted by a recent news story, Stephanie Taylor draws some connections to issues discussed in the new module Advancing social psychology (DD317). She asks how we can make society fairer and, in particular, how we can break the circularity of 'like' favouring 'like', for instance, when recruiters favour job candidates who are similar to… Continue reading Changing people by changing ideas?