On the 12th of April 2016 Dr. Trude Sundberg gave a guest lecture for PACE University on the range of research methods used in welfare attitude research. The lecture was one part of a social research methods course for undergraduates at the University.
The lecture contributed towards a course in social research methods. During the lecture we went through examples of research methods used in welfare attitudes, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods – how they may be used and in what situations. Students found the lecture’s empirical examples engaging as the methods ‘came alive’ through real life examples relevant to their own lives. The discussion afterwards was lively and focused on how to produce better research on negative stereotypes of welfare claimants – evidence that practical examples really do engage students in research methods.