What is qualitative secondary analysis? How can it be most effectively applied in social research? This timely and accomplished book offers readers a well informed, reliable guide to all aspects of qualitative secondary analysis. The book: Defines secondary analysis. Distinguishes between quantitative and qualitative secondary analysis. Maps the main types of qualitative secondary analysis. Covers the key ethical and legal issues. Offers a practical guide to effective research. Sets the agenda for future developments in the subject. Written by an experienced researcher and teacher with a background in sociology, the book is a comprehensive and invaluable introduction to this growing field of social research.

Secondary Analysis

Secondary analysis is the re-analysis of either qualitative or quantitative data already collected in a previous study, by a different researcher normally wishing to address a new research question.

Section Outline: Data-sets are never fully used. Re-use for new purposes. Access to published or raw data? Archive sources of data-sets. Secondary analysis for student dissertations. Data-sets: suitability and re-defining measurements for new concepts. Are data-sets available? Secondary analysis in qualitative methods: ethics; the person in the setting.

Because of time and other career pressures, no study analyses every aspect of the data collected. This creates opportunities for other researchers to re-examine and re-use data from previous studies. Sometimes a data-set is re-analysed to develop the original topic, such as Payne's re-calculations from the main Nuffield ...

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