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Documentary Research : In Education, History and the Social Sciences - Gary McCulloch

Documentary Research

In Education, History and the Social Sciences

Paperback Published: 24th June 2004
ISBN: 9780415272872
Number Of Pages: 160

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This book offers students guidance in approaching documentary research. McCulloch takes account of the implications of contemporary legal, ethical, and technological changes for documentary research and promotes documentary research as a valid research strategy in education and the social sciences. He examines international comparisons in the uses of documentary research, including the role of cultural and political contexts in allowing or denying access to records and the conditions imposed upon their uses.
The chapters explore a wide range of documentary source material that are available for researchers in the social sciences, for example: policy reports, autobiographies, diaries, committee papers, correspondence, school magazines, textbooks, log books, newspapers, local registers, and visual sources such as photographs and paintings. The book emphasises new approaches to the study of such sources, and ways in which they may be studied in combination or with different research strategies such as interviews, surveys, and questionnaires.

Introduction : reading between the linesp. 1
Paper tigers : social research and documentary studiesp. 11
The joy of life : doing documentary researchp. 29
Behind the scenes : records and archivesp. 51
On the record : printed media and literaturep. 74
Life and times : diaries, letters and autobiographiesp. 101
A new leaf : connections and conclusionsp. 128
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ISBN: 9780415272872
ISBN-10: 0415272874
Series: Social Research and Educational Studies Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 24th June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.75  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1