Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science
Show Less

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science

  • Handbooks of Research Methods and Applications series

Edited by Robert Stimson

The chapters in this book provide coverage of the theoretical underpinnings and methodologies that typify research using a Spatially Integrated Social Science (SISS) approach. This insightful Handbook is intended chiefly as a primer for students and budding researchers who wish to investigate social, economic and behavioural phenomena by giving explicit consideration to the roles of space and place. The majority of chapters provide an emphasis on demonstrating applications of methods, tools and techniques that are used in SISS research, including long-established and relatively new approaches.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details

Chapter 8: Survey research methods

Robert J. Stimson

Extract

As discussed by Amedeo et al. (2009: 87): if the researcher has made the decision that it is only primary data collection (which involves collecting new data) that makes it possible to address their research question, then adopting a survey approach to collect that data to generate the required information will necessitate giving very explicit attention to the onerous and quite complex tasks that are involved in conducting a survey. Survey research is widely used to generate data where the objective is to explicitly test hypotheses or investigate propositions about the overt behaviours, and the attitudes, perceptions and opinions of people. Almost invariably the information collected in a survey involves data that is subjected to quantitative analysis using both descriptive statistical and multivariate statistical analysis and modelling. However, qualitative information is also often collected through survey research. In using a survey approach to collect information and generate data a survey instrument – typically a questionnaire – is used and will need to be designed. Typically that will be a structured questionnaire, but it may also include open-ended questions.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.


Further information

or login to access all content.