Qualitative Secondary Research

Qualitative Secondary Research : A Step-By-Step Guide

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Using secondary data offers unique opportunities and challenges. This practical book will guide you through finding, managing and analysing qualitative secondary data in an error-free way.



Perfect for those doing dissertations and research projects, it provides an accessible introduction to the theory of secondary research and sets out the advantages and limitations of using this kind of research. Drawing on years of teaching and research experience, the authors


* Offer step-by-step advice on how to use qualitative secondary data



* Walk you through each stage of the research process



* Provide practical, ethical tools to help you with your project



* Show you how to avoid the potential pitfalls of using secondary data.


Clear and easy to understand, this book is a ready-made toolkit for successfully using qualitative secondary data. From beginner level and beyond, this no-nonsense guide takes the confusion and worry out of doing a secondary research project.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 186 x 232 x 19.3mm | 670g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1526410982
  • 9781526410986
  • 885,773

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introducing Qualitative Secondary Research
Chapter 2: Preparing for Qualitative Secondary Research
Chapter 3: The Role of Theory in Qualitative Secondary Research
Chapter 4: Designing Qualitative Secondary Research
Chapter 5: Ethics in Qualitative Secondary Research
Chapter 6: Exploring Documents as Data
Chapter 7: Locating your Data
Chapter 8: Securing Quality over Quantity
Chapter 9: Constructing a Literature Review
Chapter 10: Managing your Data
Chapter 11: Analysing Data
Chapter 12: Working with Numbers
Chapter 13: Presenting your Findings and Conclusions
Chapter 14: Being a Qualitative Secondary Researcher
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Review quote

I recommend this book to students and more experienced researchers who want to conduct qualitative secondary research. It is a timely and accessible guide. -- Emily Hansen
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About Claire Largan

Dr Claire Largan, MA, PhD, is an Independent Research Consultant specialising in education policy and practice.

Claire's career embraces UK and international contexts with its basis firmly within the realm of education, learning, teaching and research. Formerly a lecturer in education at University College Birmingham, Claire is now a successful research consultant working within the field of education policy and practice.

She began her career as an early years and primary school teacher before gaining significant international experience teaching overseas in international schools in Dubai and Taiwan and teaching on English programmes offered by the British Council in Dubai. As an experienced lecturer, she has developed, designed and worked on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and been an external examiner for well-known UK institutions.

With over ten years' experience of teaching research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, Claire has supported many students both in UK and international contexts, specialising in working with students undertaking secondary research projects. Her own specialised research expertise lies in the use of visual methods of data collection and she was awarded her PhD by the University of Birmingham in 2016 when she also received a Postgraduate Diploma in Research in Education.

Underpinning her rationale for co-writing this book is her substantial experience of working with learners from various levels of educational experience and diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Her rationale to co-write this research book was a desire to demystify secondary research processes and practice and to do this in an academic, informative, accessible and student-focused way and, specifically, one that draws upon visual approaches to communication.

Dr Theresa M. Morris, B.Sc., MA, Ph.D. is Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement at University College Birmingham.

Theresa's teaching career has encompassed secondary school, sixth form colleges and further and higher education institutions. Theresa is currently an Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement at University College Birmingham. Since 2003, she has designed, delivered and managed both degree and postgraduate degree level programmes in teaching and learning. This has culminated in leading the UCB Post Graduate teacher-training programme in vocational studies.

Theresa is the UCB lead teacher on undergraduate and postgraduate research modules delivered on UCB programmes across the world. Theresa's teaching specialisms include research design, methods and data analysis. Teaching a wide variety of national and international students, she also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations from across a range of varied vocational disciplines.

Theresa has always maintained a professional and personal interest in research. The University of Birmingham's School of Education awarded Theresa her Ph.D. in 2010.

As well as having considerable national and international external examining and educational advisory experience, in 2014, Theresa was awarded the status of Senior Fellow from Advanced HE (previously the Higher Educational Academy) in recognition of her commitment to enhancing the student learning experience.

Theresa's extensive andragogical and educational quality assurance experiences have made clear to her the need for research textbooks to be written in a clear, accessible and user-friendly manner. She passionately believes that demystifying research is not 'dumbing it down', but empowering wider access.
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