Nearly 20% of the population has a disability. Despite this, mainstream research often does not explicitly address the methodological and practical issues that can act as barriers to disabled people’s participation in social research. In this book, Aidley and Fearon provide a concise, practical introduction to making it easier for everyone to take part in research.
Requiring no prior knowledge about accessible research methods, the book:
• explains how removing barriers to participation will improve the quality of the research;
• covers the research process from design, to collecting data, to dissemination and publication;
• includes checklists and further reading, as well as useful examples and vignettes to illustrate how issues play out in practice.
This book will be invaluable to researchers from a variety of backgrounds looking to increase participation in their research, whether postgraduate students, experienced academic researchers, practitioners or professionals.
“By holding access to participation and challenging discrimination central to all social research, Aidley and Fearon’s book is an essential guide to improve the ethics and quality of knowledge production.” Harriet Clarke, University of Birmingham
“Essential reading for everyone involved in social research. A compass, map and field guide to ensuring more accessible and inclusive research at every stage.” Sarah Lewthwaite, University of Southampton
“This book is a comprehensive and inclusive stand-out guide. After reading this thoughtful and practical book, you can easily put the ideas and tools to work to change research practice.” Alison Pullen, Macquarie University
Daniela Aidley is Professor in Business Psychology at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences.
Kriss Fearon is Researcher in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort University.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Research that includes disabled people
Chapter 3: Research questions and research design
Chapter 4: Sampling
Chapter 5: Recruitment and the research setting
Chapter 6: Face to face research
Chapter 7: Online and remote research methods
Chapter 8: Mixed media, triangulation and mixed methods
Chapter 9: Writing up, publication and impact