Measurement

Cultural Consensus Theory: Applications and Frequently Asked Questions

Weller, Susan C. (2007) Field Methods, 19(4): 339-368 Description: Introduces how consensus theory can be used to estimate culturally appropriate/correct answers when answers are unknown regarding the variation in cultural knowledge. Describes the assumptions, interview materials, and analytic procedures for conducting a consensus analysis and discusses the challenges that may arise when implementing this approach. Key Words:

Cultural consensus as a statistical model

Romney, A. Kimball (1999) Current Anthropology, 40 (Supplement), S103-S115. Description: Discusses history, theory, and strategy for the use of statistical models in the discovery of cultural consensus. Introduces issues related to data collection strategy and the use of empirical data to identify and represent cultural characteristics.

Toward a unified validation framework in mixed methods research

Dellinger, Amy B. & Leech, Nancy L. (2007) Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1(4), 309-332 Description: Offers a validation framework to guide thinking about validation in mixed methods work. An orientation from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives is used to set the foundation for discussing and thinking about validation issues.

Weller, Susan C. (2007)

Cultural Consensus Theory: Applications and Frequently Asked Questions
Field Methods, 19(4): 339-368 
Description: Use of consensus theory to estimate culturally appropriate or "correct" answers to questions and assess individual differences in cultural knowledge. Describes the assumptions, appropriate interview materials, and analytic procedures fro carrying out a consensus analysis.

Caulkins, Douglas & Hyatt, Susan B. (1999)

Using Consensus Analysis to Measure Cultural Diversity in Organizations and Social Movements.
Field Methods, 11(1): 55-26 
Description: Introduces consensus analysis as useful technique for analyzing structured interview data and producing results that: a) measure the degree of agreement amont informants, b) identify "culturally correct" information, and c) assign scores for each informant on how knowledgeble they are with respect to the "correct" response.

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