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Problem with Survey Research.

Author: George Beam
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Problem with Survey Research makes a case against survey research as a primary source of reliable information. George Beam argues that all survey research instruments, all types of asking-including polls, face-to-face interviews, and focus groups-produce unreliable and potentially inaccurate results. Because those who rely on survey research only see answers to questions, it is impossible for them, or anyone  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: George Beam
ISBN: 1351476262 9781351476263
OCLC Number: 1003909905
Description: 1 online resource (444 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations and Acronyms; Preface; Part One Ubiquity of Survey Research; 1. Everyone Asks; 2. Everyone Is Asked; 3. Ask about Everything; Part Two The Problem; 4. The Problem Identified and Explained; 5. The Problem Documented and Acknowledged; Part Three Asking Instruments; 6. Shaky Instruments; 7. Shaky Instruments (cont.); Part Four Asking Settings; 8. Consequential Settings; 9. Consequential Settings (cont.); Part Five Askers; 10. Stimulating Askers; 11. Addicted Askers. 12. Promise Anonymity or Confidentiality, Probe, Prompt, Use Props, Con, and Tinker for More13. Alchemic Askers; Part Six Proper Methods and Research Designs; 14. Observation, Experiments, and Multiple Sources; 15. Models, Documents, and Comparison; Appendixes; Appendix A. Survey Research for Self Expression, Feedback, and Other Purposes; Appendix B. Ingenuity of the Shared Enterprise; References; Index.

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"The Problem with Survey Research makes a case against survey research as a primary source of reliable information. George Beam argues that all survey research instruments, all types of asking-including polls, face-to-face interviews, and focus groups-produce unreliable and potentially inaccurate results. Because those who rely on survey research only see answers to questions, it is impossible for them, or anyone else, to evaluate the results. They cannot know if the answers correspond to respondents' actual behaviors (objective phenomena) or to their true beliefs and opinions (subjective phenomena). Reliable information can only be acquired by observation, experimentation, multiple sources of data, formal model building and testing, document analysis, and comparison. In fifteen chapters divided into six parts-Ubiquity of Survey Research, The Problem, Asking Instruments, Asking Settings, Askers, and Proper Methods and Research Designs-The Problem with Survey Research demonstrates how asking instruments, settings in which asking and answering take place, and survey researchers themselves skew results and thereby make answers unreliable. The last two chapters and appendices examine observation, other methods of data collection and research designs that may produce accurate or correct information, and shows how reliance on survey research can be overcome, and must be."--Provided by publisher.

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