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Reworking Qualitative Data

Janet Heaton

Pub. date: 2004 | DOI:

Print ISBN: 9780761971436 | Online ISBN: 9781849209878

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What is Secondary Analysis?

The analysis of pre-existing data in social research 2 Functions of secondary analysis 8 Modes of secondary analysis 12 Conclusion 15 Notes 16 Secondary analysis is best known as a methodology for doing research using pre-existing statistical data. Social scientists in North America and Europe have been making use of this type of data throughout the twentieth century, although it was not until 1972 that the first major text on the research strategy, Secondary Analysis of Sample Surveys: Principles, Procedures and Potentialities by Herbert H. Hyman, was published. Since then, the literature on secondary analysis of quantitative data has grown considerably as the availability and use of these data has expanded. There is now a substantial body of work exploring different aspects of the methodology, including several textbooks describing the availability of statistical data sets and how they can be used for secondary research purposes (see Dale et al., 1 ...

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