Key Debates and Methods in Social Research
- Wendy Olsen - University of Manchester, UK
Social Research Methods | Sociological Research Methods
It uses clear definitions, relevant interdisciplinary examples from around the world and up-to-date suggestions for further reading to demonstrate how to usefully gather and use qualitative, quantitative, and mixed data sets.
The book is divided into seven critical parts:
• 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 Groups
A stimulating, practical guide which can be read as individual concepts or as a whole this will be an important resource for students and research professionals.
Wendy Olsen is Senior Lecturer at Manchester University, Institute for Development Policy & Management and Cathie Marsh Centre for Census & Survey Research
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.
This sets out the key aspects of data collection. The text presents the options for research students in a sufficiently non-technical manner to provide an overview for students.