How we understand and define qualitative data is changing, with implications not only for the techniques of data analysis, but also how data are collected. New devices, technologies and online spaces open up new ways for researchers to approach and collect images, moving images, text and talk. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection systematically explores the approaches, techniques, debates and new frontiers for creating, collecting and producing qualitative data. Bringing together contributions from internationally leading scholars in the field, the handbook offers a state-of-the-art look at key themes across six thematic parts: Part I Charting the Routes Part II Concepts, Contexts, Basics Part III Types of Data and How to Collect Them Part IV Digital and Internet Data Part V Triangulation and Mixed Methods Part VI Collecting Data in Specific Populations

Collecting Qualitative Data with Older People

Collecting Qualitative Data with Older People

Christine Stephens Vanessa Burholt Norah Keating


The world's population is now ageing at an unprecedented rate. Owing to declining fertility and improved longevity it is predicted that by 2020, older people will outnumber children for the first time in history (Kinsella and Wan, 2009). According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2015) between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world's population aged over 60 years will double from about 11 per cent to 22 per cent. Essentially, this is an increase from 605 million people to 2 billion people aged over 60 years. This important demographic shift is positive for older people, but also presents ...

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