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Secondary Research: Repurposing Data

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By: Published: 2018 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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This case study discusses secondary research and the main elements of repurposing data and secondary material. Secondary research involves the use of data and analysis that has been generated by other researchers. The key concepts center on the researcher as an active interpretive agent, who makes decisions around the exclusion/inclusion of secondary materials as a form of analytical induction. This inductive process recognizes the contextual and claims-making aspects of all research, which is extremely pertinent to secondary research. The researcher will typically find it helpful to develop a position. Developing a position is a process of understanding the context of research and the claims made about it. It is an invaluable asset for understanding where research sits within the constellation of other relevant research. The case study discusses how secondary research can enhance and amplify a project, looking specifically at the university sector and academic careers in New Zealand.

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