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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 ...

Explanatory Questions: Starting Points, Claims and Sampling
Explanatory Questions: Starting Points, Claims and Sampling
Key questions

What are the starting points for answering a ‘why’ question?

What are the different ways that you can explain why something happened? What criticisms are made of causal analysis in planning?

How can you establish the existence of a causal relationship? What wider claims can you make about this on the basis on your research?

How can you select the cases for study?

What are case studies?

Key concepts

Causal explanation, Understanding, Meanings, Theoretical generalisation, Principle of induction, Falsification, Association, Internal validity, External validity, Judgement or purposive sampling, Critical case sampling, Maximum variation sampling, Theoretical sampling, Thick description, Case studies

Overview

The previous chapter examined the scoping of research questions, and the issues involved in sampling cases to ...

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