In addition to hundreds of new references features new to this edition include: a comprehensive introduction to qualitative methods including a review of existing computer applications for collecting and analyzing data; the latest information about the use of computers and online research techniques, including the use of the Internet to locate actual research instruments and journal articles; updated coverage on new scales, internal and external validity, and new analytic techniques with extensive references on each; abstracts, citations and subject groupings by measurement tool of the last five years of the American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, and the American Journal of Sociology; extensive coverage of how to prepare manuscripts for publication, including a list of all journals covered by Sociological Abstracts along with the editorial office address and URL for each entry; new coverage of ethical issues; expansion of social indicators to include international coverage; discussion of the importance of policy research with presentation and discussion of specific models as an adjunct to both applied and basic research techniques; and the addition of an index to facilitate the reader's ability to quickly locate a topic.

The Panel Technique as a Research Instrument

The Panel Technique as a Research Instrument

Social scientists are currently giving a great deal of attention to methods for analyzing time-related data. It has been noted that all the social science disciplines have moved from static to dynamic models. The panel technique is an important research instrument in dynamic models, and so much attention is now being given to it that it seems almost to have been rediscovered.

Definition. The panel technique involves interviewing the same group of people on two or more occasions. It is used primarily for studying changes in behavior or attitudes through ...

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