About This Chapter
Data Collection Methods & Techniques - Chapter Summary
This series of supplemental teaching resources is designed to help special education teachers strengthen their data collection skills in special education research. The chapter's bite-sized lessons are taught by expert instructors who offer insight into several data collection techniques, as well as explanations of different types of data.
Using these teacher resources is simple and convenient. You can access them on any device that has an Internet connection at any time of day or night. The chapter also includes lesson quizzes that can help you verify your understanding of these data collection techniques and methods.
How It Helps
- Improves research skills: These resources offer strategies to help you apply effective data collection techniques and interpret research data.
- Builds awareness: You'll become aware of useful data collection methods.
- Enhances special education instruction: You'll be able to apply these strategies to better interpret research in the field and better understand the needs of your students.
Upon completion of the chapter, you'll be equipped to:
- Apply strategies that help you choose the best data collection technique for research
- Differentiate between qualitative and quantitative data
- Evaluate several methods for collecting data in human growth and development research
- Use surveys and existing statistics to collect social research data
1. Strategies for Choosing a Data Collection Technique
After figuring out what you are going to study, you, as the researcher, will need to figure out how to study it. This lesson discusses popular ways a researcher can collect data as well as why a researcher would chose a particular data collection technique.
2. Qualitative vs. Quantitative Data in Various Research Methods
Qualitative data and quantitative data are both useful in research, but it is important to understand the differences between the two. Learn how to differentiate the two types of data in this lesson.
3. Data Collection Methods for Human Growth and Development Research
This lesson will help you understand and differentiate between the methods of data collection that can be used in human growth and development research.
4. Using Surveys to Collect Social Research Data
There are many techniques to collect information from people. In this lesson, we will explore some of the ways a researcher collects data, as well as looking at some of the risks and benefits.
5. Using Existing Statistics to Collect Social Research Data
This lesson explains the primary places a researcher can collect social data from others instead of collecting it themselves. The lesson also reminds researchers of a major pitfall in using other's data.
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Other chapters within the Research Methods in Special Education course
- Research Foundations for Education
- Developing a Research Plan
- Single-Subject Research Designs
- Experimental & Quasi-Experimental Designs
- Sampling and Generalization
- Overview of Measurement in Research
- Internal Validity in Research
- External Validity
- Statistical Analysis: Descriptive & Inferential Statistics
- Qualitative Research Methods and Design
- Issues in Ethical Research