A Primer on Q Methodology
Operant Subjectivity , Volume 16 - Issue 3/4 p. 91- 138
This primer serves two functions: (1) It is a simplified introduction to Q methodology, covering the topics of concourse, Q samples, Q sorting, correlation, factor analysis, theoretical rotation, factor scores, and factor interpretation. (2) It also illustrates different conceptions of Q methodology by taking the concept of "Q methodology" as the subject matter of the study. The factor results show how current understandings about Q are traceable to debates among Stephenson, Burt, and others in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.