This innovative book for students and researchers alike gives an indispensable introduction to key issues and practical methods needed for data collection.

It uses clear definitions, relevant interdisciplinary examples from around the world and up-to-date suggestions for further reading to demonstrate how to gather and use qualitative, quantitative, and mixed data sets.

The book is divided into seven distinct parts, encouraging researchers to combine methods of data collection: 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; Concluding Suggestions for Data-Collection Concepts

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

Data

Data are disembodied information. Data are not the same as knowledge. My favourite type of data is interview transcripts. These are rough and raw – often embarrassingly so – but they reveal a lot about a scene to the close reader. The data type I use most often is survey data. Examples of these two data types, ...

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