Secondary analysis of qualitative data

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  • J Heaton


Publication details

Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Social Research Methods
DatePublished - 2008
Place of PublicationLondon
EditorsP Alasuutari, L Bickman, J Brannen
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)9781412919920


The Handbook of Social Research Methods charts the new and evolving terrain of social research methodology, covering qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods in one volume.

The Handbook includes chapters on each phase of the research process: research design, methods of data collection, and the processes of analyzing and interpreting data. The volume maintains that there is much more to research than learning skills and techniques, methodology involves the fit between theory, research questions research design and analysis. The book also includes several chapters that describe historical and current directions in social research, debating crucial subjects such as qualitative versus quantitative paradigms, how to judge the credibility of types of research, and the increasingly topical issue of research ethics.

The Handbook serves as an invaluable resource for approaching research with an open mind. This volume maps the field of social research methods using an approach that will prove valuable for both students and researchers.

    Research areas

  • research methodologies

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