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.
In the debates about historical comparative research, a quantitative school and a qualitative historical school can be found. These days, the ‘divide’ between the two has been worn away because both quantitative data and historical evidence are now widely accepted as useful aids to comparative analysis. In this chapter ...