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.

Reality

It is important to remember that by doing data collection we are trying to represent reality, not just our own prior concepts and assumptions. It is no good simply having a strong assumption about something, operationalising it, and then proving that the world works just like you thought it did.

Nevertheless, to make sense of the data-collection stage, one has to refine the ...

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