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“This excellent book fills a significant gap in the literature supporting planning education by providing clear, succinct advice on the design and implementation of small-scale student research projects.” – Chris Couch, Professor of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool “A perfect text for supervisors to give students so that they plan their research projects carefully rather than leap headlong into data collection.” – Jean Hillier, Emeritus Professor of Sustainability and Urban Planning, RMIT University, Melbourne “Highly recommended... Ranging across topics such as planning a research programme and data management and the handling of ethical issues, the book will be very helpful to those embarking on a thesis or dissertation in the field.” – Peter Fidler, President of the University of Sunderland Research Design in Urban ...

Descriptive Questions: Scope, Claims and Sampling
Descriptive Questions: Scope, Claims and Sampling
Key questions

What is the scope of my research?

What are data sources? What data sources should I use?

How can I select (‘sample’) the cases to study? What is the significance of representativeness in a sample?

Key concepts

Definitions, Data sources, Sampling units, Cases, Validity, Reliability, Representativeness, Empirical generalisation, Probabilistic sampling methods: Simple random sample, Systematic sampling, Stratified sampling, Cluster sampling. Non-probabilistic sampling methods: Snowball sampling, Quota sampling, Convenience sampling, Volunteer sampling, Judgement or Purposive sampling

Overview

If the starting point for a research design is the generation of a researchable question, which can be justified as one which is worthwhile to investigate, the following stages of research design are concerned with developing some convincing way of answering that ...

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