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Methods of Life Course Research
Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

Edited by:
  • Janet Z. Giele - Brandeis University, USA
  • Glen H. Elder - Communications, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Cornell University, USA

March 1998 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

What are the most effective methods for doing life course research? The field's founders and leaders answer this question, giving readers tips on: the art and method of the appropriate research design; the collection of life-history data; and the search for meaningful patterns to be found in the results.


Anne Colby
Foreword
Crafting Life Course Studies  
 
PART ONE: THE LIFE COURSE MODE OF INQUIRY
Janet Z Giele and Glen H Elder Jr
Life Course Research
Development of a Field  
Matilda White Riley
A Life Course Approach
Autobiographical Notes  
Angela M O'Rand
The Craft of Life Course Studies
 
PART TWO: DATA COLLECTION AND MEASUREMENT
Nancy Karweit and David Kertzer
Data Organization and Conceptualization
Jacqueline Scott and Duane Alwin
Retrospective vs Prospective Measurement of Life Histories in Longitudinal Research
Donna Dempster-McClain and Phyllis Moen
Finding Respondents in a Follow-Up Study
Erika Brückner and Karl Ulrich Mayer
Collecting Life History Data
Experiences from the German Life History Study  
 
PART THREE: STRATEGIES FOR ANALYSIS
John A Clausen
Life Reviews and Life Stories
John H Laub and Robert J Sampson
Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Data
Janet Z Giele
Innovation in the Typical Life Course
Glen H Elder Jr and Lisa Pellerin
Linking History and Human Lives

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