Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the importance of comparative research along with the difficulties in measurement across contexts.
  2. Explain how secondary data analysis is different from the methods we have already examined in this book.
  3. Describe the necessary steps for performing a content analysis.
  4. Understand the benefits of historical research as well as the limitations inherent in using historical data, especially comparative historical data.
  5. Describe the strengths and limitations of conducting secondary data analysis.