Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series
Edited by Robert Stimson
Chapter 6: Issues to do with data
In Chapter 4 there was a discussion of the approaches that are typically used in conducting research. Almost invariably conducting research involves using data - either by using existing data or by collecting new data, or a mixture of both - which is analysed and interpreted by the researcher to generate information that sheds light on the research questions being investigated in undertaking research. Amedeo et al. (2009: 29) point out that ‘existing data often cannot be used as the sole source or even a source of information to adequately address a research question’. It is, then, very likely that researchers will have to generate their own information through the process of: · data collection; · recording; and · measurement; in order to address their specific research question.
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