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Methods of Life Course Research

Methods of Life Course Research
Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

Edited by:
  • Janet Z. Giele - Brandeis University, USA
  • Glen H. Elder - Communications, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Cornell University, USA

March 1998 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
What are the most effective methods for doing life-course research? In this volume, the field's founders and leaders answer this question, giving readers tips on: the art and method of the appropriate research design; the collection of life-history data; and the search for meaningful patterns to be found in the results.
Anne Colby
Crafting Life Course Studies

Janet Z Giele and Glen H Elder Jr
Life Course Research
Development of a Field

Matilda White Riley
A Life Course Approach
Autobiographical Notes

Angela M O'Rand
The Craft of Life Course Studies
Nancy Karweit and David Kertzer
Data Organization and Conceptualization
Jacqueline Scott and Duane Alwin
Retrospective vs Prospective Measurement of Life Histories in Longitudinal Research
Donna Dempster-McClain and Phyllis Moen
Finding Respondents in a Follow-Up Study
Erika Brückner and Karl Ulrich Mayer
Collecting Life History Data
Experiences from the German Life History Study

John A Clausen
Life Reviews and Life Stories
John H Laub and Robert J Sampson
Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Data
Janet Z Giele
Innovation in the Typical Life Course
Glen H Elder Jr and Lisa Pellerin
Linking History and Human Lives

Janet Zollinger Giele

Janet Zollinger Giele (AB, Earlham College; PhD, Harvard University) is Professor Emerita of Sociology, Social Policy, and Women's Studies at Brandeis University.  She was the founding director of the Family and Children's Policy Center in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management (1990-1996) and Acting Dean of the Heller School in 1993-94. In the 1960s, she taught at Wellesley College and in the 1970s was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe and Principal Consultant to the Ford Foundation Task Force on Women. She has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, National Institute on Aging, Lilly Endowment,... More About Author

Glen H. Elder

Glen H. Elder, Jr. is Research Professor of Sociology and Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and manages a research program on life course studies. He has also served on the faculties of the University of California (Berkeley) and Cornell University. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Elder has served as Vice-President of the American Sociological Association (1989), and as President of the Sociological Research Association (1999) and of the Society for Research on Child Development (1995-97). His books (authored, co-authored, edited) include Children of the Great Depression (1974; 1999,... More About Author

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