Longitudinal and Panel Studies

Elliott, Jane; Holland, Janet and Thomson, Rachel (2007). Longitudinal and Panel Studies. In: Bickman, Leonard; Brannen, Julia and Alasuutari, Pertti eds. Handbook of Social Research Methods. London, UK: Sage Publications, pp. 228–248.

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About the book: 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. As its editors maintain, 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.

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