The first week of September, I have been visiting the University of El Salvador invited as guest lecturer of qualitative methods at the Master of Political Science.
The Master is the first activated in this small country that has a difficult past and a present full of hopes. My students are a new generation, deeply involved in the development of their country and they have been enthusiastically learning techniques for investigating social phenomenona by understanding social process occurring in their country.
In the chapter, we start by analyzing the challenging of sampling in qualitative research, while giving suggestions and recommendations about the four main types of qualitative sampling: quota, purposive, self-selection and snowball sampling.
During the second edition edition of the SISEC School in Giardini di Naxos, I have been invited to give a class about communication of science, with a special focus on social media tools. It has been a great experience and a couple of very amusing hours in which I have discussed why it is important to communicate our scientific results and how we can effectively do it. Students have brilliantly answered with a lot of questions and interest, which made me very happy of their commitment on the issue. (more…)
One of the objectives of the EU Funded project CRESSI was to develop innovative methodological approach to study social innovation in a comparative perspective. Thanks to the collaboration within the Italian team of the project, we developed a report that offers some guidelines to pursue qualitative and quantitative analysis of social innovation.