Paper Information

Journal:   JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF LITERATURE AND HUMANITIES (KHARAZMI UNIVERSITY)   Spring 2004 , Volume 12 , Number 44; Page(s) 39 To 64.
 
Paper: 

LONGITUDINAL SURVEYS; CAPABILITIES AND METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES

 
 
Author(s):  SERAJZADEH S.H.*
 
* Sociology Department Teacher Training University
 
Abstract: 

During recent years all societies, including Iranian society, have experienced radical changes in their macro and micro levels of social life. These changes have attracted the attention of researchers and policy makers to the study of the stable and changeable aspects of social life. Longitudinal studies are the most important methods applied by Western scholars for the study of social changes. These studies are recently frequently used in the form of longitudinal surveys and panel studies on social attitudes. Longitudinal studies have not been applied quite often in Iran. Thus, Iranian social researchers rarely have discussed the methodological issues of longitudinal studies. The aim of this article is to introduce and to discuss longitudinal studies, their different types, their capabilities, and their importance for social researchers and policy makers. It could be a starting point in the discussions and debates on the methodological issues of longitudinal studies among Iranian scholars and methodologists and could contribute in the literatures of the issue.

 
Keyword(s): METHODOLOGY, SOCIAL CHANGE, LONGITUDINAL STUDY, LONGITUDINAL SURVEY, PANEL STUDY
 
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