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Data Collection and Analysis

Data Collection and Analysis

Second Edition
Edited by:

March 2006 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In simple and non-technical terms, the Second Edition of Data Collection and Analysis illustrates a wide range of techniques and approaches used in social research projects. Always accessible and engaging, this comprehensive text covers both quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis in social research, considering both the structure and logic of research projects and the ethics and politics of research.

A wide range of examples illustrate the text and a set of exercises runs throughout the book to aid the reader in understanding and planning research projects.

Building on the strengths of the First Edition, this new and expanded version includes:

- The addition of chapter introductions, summaries and key terms to guide the reader through the text

- Three brand new chapters focusing on: research and information on the Net; discourse research; ethnographic and discursive qualitative analysis

- Up-to-date examples of research in action

- New material on questionnaire design, composite measurement and techniques of quantitative and qualitative interviewing

An invaluable guide for students from across the social sciences, this wide-ranging volume is also a key resource for practitioners in a variety of applied areas including nursing, social work, the criminal justice system, teaching and education.

Roger Sapsford and Victor Jupp
Validating Evidence
William Schofield
Survey Sampling
Peter Foster
Observational Research
Michael Wilson and Roger Sapsford
Asking Questions
Roger Sapsford
Research and Information on the Net
Ruth Finnegan
Using Documents
Betty Swift
Preparing Numerical Data
Roger Sapsford
Extracting and Presenting Statistics
Judith Calder and Roger Sapsford
Statistical Techniques
David Boulton and Martyn Hammersley
Analysis of Unstructured Data
Roger Sapsford
Discourse Research
Victor Jupp
Documents and Critical Research
Pamela Abbott and Roger Sapsford
Ethics, Politics and Research

Excellent book on quantitative data- added to the reading list

Mr Nick White
Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University
December 6, 2019

Nice chapters, I may ask for permission to use a few chapters in a reader, however...

- I do not like the statistical data analysis chapters (I am using proper statistics books for that)

problem is that the book is too broad for the context in which I have to use the text.

Mr Henk Van Der Kolk
Political Science & Research Methods, Twente University
July 12, 2013


1. linking data collection and analysis to let students see the link between them.
2. Provides some activities


1. It might be too advanced for postgraduate students for some techniques.
2. not user friendly

Dr Junjie Wu
School of Accounting & Finance, Leeds Metropolitan University
December 27, 2011

I found the book too technical and complicated for my students. The book is very good, but since it is both in English and very high standard my students will have too many difficulties understanding the essence of it.

Dr Peter Marks
Department of Public Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam
June 20, 2011

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