Key Debates and Methods in Social Research
- Wendy Olsen - University of Manchester, UK
Social Research Methods | Sociological Research Methods
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.
'Good data collection is the foundation on which good research is built, but most texts in social research methods focus more on data analysis than the many issues involved in obtaining the data to analyze. Wendy Olsen's lively and wide-ranging work does much to fill the gap' -
W. Paul Vogt
, Professor of Research Methods and Evaluation, Illinois State University
'Written with freshness and energy, with copious examples drawn from research in the UK, USA, India and South Africa, this lively guide to data collection includes excellent sections often under-played by methods textbooks, such as the comparative method; data cleaning; survey weights; and secondary analysis. The seriousness and mission of the dedicated researcher shines through its approachable narrative, providing an outstanding example of what a balanced mixed methods perspective has to offer'
Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University, UK
Excellent book, explaining the essentials of data collection and samples in an accessible way, ideal for social science students, who often grapple with the basics.
Still under review
Too qualitative, not enough connected to main stream data collection methods. In my humble opinion :-)
For data collection this book provides good practical methods with relevant examples.
Considered as very useful
This is a suitable book as an introduction to data collection for masters students and high level undergraduates. It is a little basic for PhD students but gives a clear overview of all the key topics for consideration when completing data collection.
i liked Olsen's text a great deal and will be placing it on my recommended reading list for the students. I have referred to it in my lesson plans
i incorporated this book into my reading list as wendy olsen is a leading figure in the field. the book is a nice introduction to a set of issues pertaining to qualitative data collection
A clear, accessible and interesting text for undergraduate students. This text has become recomended reading for all our level 5 students as they reflect upon and consider both research design and implementation whilst preparing their dissertation proposals.