Key Methods in Geography

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ISBN-13: 9781412935098
Edition: 2nd 2010
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Book details

List price: $81.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 6/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 568
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

This is a completely revised and updated edition of the best-selling, standard student resource. Key Methods in Geography is an introduction for undergraduates to the principal methodological issues involved in the collection, analysis and presentation of geographical information. It provides an accessible overview, which will be used by students as a reference throughout their degree, on all issues from research design to presentation. A unique feature of the book is that it provides definitions of terms from both human geography and physical geography; especially relevant now that environment is so critical to our understanding of geography. Organized into four parts: Getting Started in Geographical Research; Data Collection in Human Geography; Data Collection in Physical Geography; Analysing and Representing Geographical Data - each chapter comprises: - a short definition - a summary of the principal arguments - a substantive 5,000-word discussion - use of real-life examples - annotated notes for further reading The teaching of research methods is integral in all geography courses. Written in an accessible way - by established figures in the discipline - the text provides thorough explanations of key methods and their applications, illustrated with everyday examples. Key Methods in Geography identifies the key analytical and observational strategies with which all UK geography undergraduates must understand to complete their degree.

Professor Valentine has held prestigious international visiting fellowships at the Universities of Sydney, Australia and Otago, New Zealand and has visited and given keynote addresses at a range of prestigious international conferences. She was co-founder and co-editor of the international journal Social and Cultural Geography, and co-edited Gender, Place and Culture. She has undertaken international research in Europe, Africa and the USA and is committed to developing the University of Sheffield's international strategy within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Getting Started in Geographical Research
Getting Started in Geographical Research: How This Book Can Help
How to Conduct a Literature Search
Ethical Practice in Geographical Research
Health and Safety in the Field
Generating and Working With Data in Human Geography
Making Use of Secondary Data
Conducting Questionnaire Surveys
Finding Historical Sources
Semi-structured Interviews and Focus Groups
Participant Observation
Geography and the Interpretation of Visual Imagery
Participatory Research Methods
Working in Different Cultures
Internet Mediated Research
Diaries as a Research Method
Generating and Working With Data in Physical Geography
Getting Information About the Past: Palaeo and Historical Data Sources of Climate
Making Observations and Measurements in the Field
Sampling in Geography
Analysing a Natural System
Numerical Modelling in Physical Geography: Understanding Explanation and Prediction in Physical Geography
Using Remotely Sensed Imagery
Representing and Interpreting Geographical Data
Data Handling and Representation
Mapping and Graphicacy
Using Statistics to Describe and Explore Data
An Introduction to Geostatistics
Using Geographical Information Systems
Statistical Analysis Using PASW (formerly SPSS)
Coding Transcripts and Diaries
Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
Analysing Historical and Archival Sources
Analysing Cultural Texts
Writing Essays, Reports and Dissertations
Understanding Assessment
Glossary
Index

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