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Access, Sites and Settings

Access, Sites and Settings
Jerry West

This chapter identifies some of the main sources of data on education outcomes and experiences and the shared and unique challenges in gaining access to each. Traditionally, education researchers have collected their own data to answer their specific research questions (primary data), but increasingly researchers are relying on data collected or compiled by others (secondary data). Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages and gaining access to both types of data can be one of the biggest challenges researchers face.

Access refers to a process that includes identifying the source or best source of data and the steps needed to obtain data from the source. The best source is not always clear. For ...

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