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Data Collection : Key Debates and Methods in Social Research - Wendy Olsen

Data Collection

Key Debates and Methods in Social Research

Paperback Published: 30th November 2011
ISBN: 9781847872562
Number Of Pages: 248

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Offering cross-referenced, accessible overviews of key theoretical issues and practical methods, Data Collection provides students and researchers alike with an indispensible introduction to the tools needed for data collection.

This innovative book uses clear definitions, relevant interdisciplinary examples from around the world and up-to-date suggestions for further reading to give helpful ways to gather and use qualitative, quantitative, and mixed data sets.

The book is divided into seven critical parts including Data Collection: An Introduction to Research Practices; Collecting Qualitative Data; Observation and Informed Methods; Experimental and Systematic Data Collection; Survey Methods for Data Collection; The Case Study Method of Data Collection; and Concluding Suggestions for Data Collection Groups.

A stimulating, practical guide which can be read as individual concepts or as a whole, this text is an important resource for students and research professionals.

'Good data collection is the foundation on which good research is built, but most texts in social research methods focus more on data analysis than the many issues involved in obtaining the data to analyze. Wendy Olsen's lively and wide-ranging work does much to fill the gap' -
W. Paul Vogt
, Professor of Research Methods and Evaluation, Illinois State University

'Written with freshness and energy, with copious examples drawn from research in the UK, USA, India and South Africa, this lively guide to data collection includes excellent sections often under-played by methods textbooks, such as the comparative method; data cleaning; survey weights; and secondary analysis. The seriousness and mission of the dedicated researcher shines through its approachable narrative, providing an outstanding example of what a balanced mixed methods perspective has to offer'
Geoff Payne
Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University, UK

About the Authorp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. x
Data Collection: An Introduction to Research Practicesp. 1
Research and Data Collectionp. 3
Findingsp. 5
Datap. 8
Causesp. 18
Samplingp. 24
Further Reading for Part 1p. 29
Collecting Qualitative Datap. 31
Interviewsp. 33
Transcriptsp. 39
Codingp. 46
Meaningp. 49
Interpretationp. 56
Observer Biasp. 65
Representationsp. 72
Focus Groupsp. 77
Document Analysisp. 79
Accuracyp. 82
Ethical Clearancep. 87
Further Reading for Part 2p. 92
Observation and Involved Methodsp. 93
Participationp. 95
Praxisp. 104
Action Researchp. 108
Observation Methodsp. 112
Online Data Collectionp. 114
Further Reading for Part 3p. 116
Experimental and Systematic Data Collectionp. 117
Questionnaire Designp. 119
Handling Treatment Datap. 121
The Ethics of Volunteersp. 125
Market-Research Techniquesp. 127
Creating Systematic Case-Study Datap. 129
Further Reading for Part 4p. 132
Survey Methods for Data Collectionp. 133
Operationalisationp. 135
Measurementp. 143
Causalityp. 148
Data Cleaningp. 152
Data Extractionp. 158
Outliersp. 163
Subsetting of Datap. 168
Survey Weightsp. 174
Further Reading for Part 5p. 179
The Case-Study Method of Data Collectionp. 181
Case-Study Researchp. 183
Comparative Researchp. 186
Configurationsp. 189
Contingencyp. 194
Causal Mechanismsp. 197
Further Reading for Part 6p. 200
Concluding Suggestions About Data-Collection Conceptsp. 203
Factsp. 205
Realityp. 211
Retroductionp. 215
Further Reading for Part 7p. 218
Appendixp. 219
Referencesp. 222
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9781847872562
ISBN-10: 1847872565
Series: Sage Key Concepts Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 30th November 2011
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 17.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.44