methods in context - documents


methods in context - documents


  • it is a form of qualitative data therefore interpretists favour this method
  • they are readily avaliable
  • few ethical issues with public documents as they are published for everyone to see/use
  • reliable as direct comparisons can be made
  • can be highly representative and for some documents, ALL schools and colleges are required to do so


  • personal documents hold an ethical issue
  • personal documents aren't representative
  • may not be credible as schools want to represent themselves in a positive light (not valid/biased)


although documents provide a useful insight into social behaviour they are limited in terms of representativeness  and availability


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