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Scientific Survey Research

in The Total Survey Error Approach

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780226891279
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226891293 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226891293.003.0001
Scientific Survey Research

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The purpose of this book is to explain the survey research process in the context of this new approach to the field. The first three chapters establish the background by reviewing the development of the survey field, outlining and extending the total survey error approach, and providing a common understanding of the different survey modes. The middle of the book follows the total survey error approach's emphasis on the different sources of survey errors, discussing the different elements of surveys through a focus on the sources of error. The final chapters turn to broader and summary issues. The survey research field underwent scientization in the 1990s, applying theories from other fields to the survey research field. In particular, the cognitive revolution in psychology has led to new understanding of the survey response process and developments in statistics have provided new imputation techniques for dealing with missing data.

Keywords: total survey error approach; survey modes; psychology; missing data; scientization; survey errors

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Subjects: US Politics

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