Analysing Qualitative Data

Authored by: Robert Mark Silverman

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415727952
eBook ISBN: 9781315851884
Adobe ISBN: 9781317917038


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Qualitative research methods are often overlooked in planning education. This is particularly true in professional degree programmes in the United States. Consequently, many students and professional planners learn qualitative research skills through trial and error, with little guidance from educators and professional organizations. This chapter provides one mechanism to address this deficiency in planning education by identifying core aspects of qualitative methods that students and professional planners should be aware of. The qualitative methods identified in this chapter are accessible and adaptable, and can be applied in conjunction with other research techniques traditionally applied to planning practice.

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