Learning Objectives

  1. Define unobtrusive measures, and discuss their use in research, providing examples.
  2. Describe the process of content analysis, and give one example.
  3. Define both historical research methods and comparative research methods, and give an example of each.
  4. Explain the process of event-structure analysis.
  5. Identify the strengths and limitations of oral history.
  6. Discuss the major methodological challenges that arise in comparative and historical research.
  7. List some of the cautions and ethical issues to keep in mind when using unobtrusive methods.