Impact

Blog posts and resources demonstrating the impact of the social and behavioral sciences in policy , society and academe.

COVID-19 Forces Universities to Refocus their Vision

After a rapid switch to distance education due to COVID-19, many universities will remain as virtual campuses in the coming fall semester. For many universities, the focus has been on mastering or refining techniques for remote teaching. But a larger challenge looms.

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ARIS Webinar Looks at Impact in Canada

The Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) community experts around the world will lead continuing discussions on broader impact topics. […]

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Ken Robinson

Remembering Ken Robinson, Apostle of Creativity in Education

Ken Robinson, the revered and prolific evangelist for connecting education with the arts, died August 21 of cancer. He was 70. As Social Science Space prepares a full obituary, we repost an account of Robinson’s appearance to help mark SAGE Publishing’s 50th year in 2015; SAGE is the parent of Social Science Space.

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Do We Value Unfunded Research Properly?

Unfunded research takes time and money for already stretched academics. Yet it makes up over a quarter of all research carried out in British universities. Rosalind Edwards spoken to academics about why they do unfunded research.

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Kathy Charmaz

Kathy Charmaz, 1939-2020: Developer of Constructivist Grounded Theory

Sociologist Kathy Charmaz, whose experience as an occupational therapist led her to develop a new take on the qualitative research methodology known as grounded theory, died of cancer on July 27. A professor emerita at Northern California’s Sonoma State University, she was 80.

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Impact in Action: Relational Learning to Serve Non-Reading Adults

Lynn Thigpen’s institutional review board asked whether she intended to research a vulnerable population, but they said nothing about the impact of interviewing on her own vulnerable heart and soul. So the former laboratory scientist acquired a new skill – qualitative research and listening for the important immeasurables.

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Raoult and Einstein

Why the h-index is a Bogus Measure of Academic Impact

Although experts in bibliometry have pointed out the dubious nature of the h-index, most researchers do not always seem to understand that its properties make it a far-from-valid index to seriously and ethically assess the quality or scientific impact of publications.

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