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By Will J. Grant and Rod Lamberts | Published: August 26, 2016
Perhaps the solution to conflicting spending priorities, write Rod Lamberts and Will J. Grant, is simply to acknowledge that people will always have conflicting priorities, and think about how best to live alongside each other: mythical, homogeneous pub-goer and irrelevant, out-of-touch academic alike.
By Nicole Janz | Published: August 24, 2016
How can we create reliable and replicable political science data? A recent article in the 'American Political Science Review' focuses on text analysis and suggests ways to make these data sound and reproducible.
By Rob Brooks | Published: August 22, 2016
Shonkily researched assertions are okay if you enjoy the safe patronage of a major news organisation, argues Rob Brooks. But know, he adds, you would never get away with such abject laziness, or such contempt for professional disinterest in a grant proposal to a federal funding body.
By Ahmed Essop | Published: August 18, 2016
The decolonization debate in African universities raises critical issues about the relationship between power, knowledge and learning, argues Ahmed Essop. It also provides an opportunity to rethink the role of universities in social and economic development and in fashioning a common nation.
By Tim Lomas | Published: August 17, 2016
We can all aspire to aim higher, not merely to be free of problems, but to try and truly flourish as human beings and make the most of our all too brief lives. And psychology should have a role in that, says Tim Lomas.
By Gabriele Bammer | Published: August 16, 2016
Recent findings suggest interdisciplinary research is less likely to be funded than discipline-based research proposals, reports Gabriele Bammer, who argues different review processes may well be required to do justice to these different kinds of interdisciplinarity.
By Joseph Anderson | Published: August 15, 2016
"Cold War Anthropology: The CIA, The Pentagon and the Growth of Dual Use Anthropology" offers a historical account of how the US military industrial complex has had a profound influence on the development of US anthropology during the Cold War and into the present day. Reviewer Joseph Anderson sees the book as a dense but readable outline that confronts how ethnographic research in the field has been shaped by wider political-economic force.
By Louisa Hotson | Published: August 15, 2016
What role should social scientists play in society? Louisa Hotson here explores the evolution of the social sciences through four periods in the history of political science in the United States, each with different implications for how social science makes a difference.
By Suzanne Bouffard | Published: August 11, 2016
Teacher observations are both costly and time intensive, but perhaps it’s time to invest in better teacher evaluation to get better student results. So argues Robert Pianta, who has personally helped develop some measures that might achieve such high hopes, in a an article in the journal PIBBS..
By SAGE | Published: August 11, 2016
In this archived hour-long seminar, Social Science Space blogger Robert Dingwall discusses the organizational requirements and the useful skills that can be built to support the individual who wants to be a reasearch manager and the ecosystem -- in both social science and STEM settings -- that can support such striving.