ERIC Number: EJ850280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
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Quality of Life in Cities: Setting Up Criteria for Amman-Jordan
Ali, Hikmat H.; Malkawi, Fuad K.; Al-Betawi, Yamen N.
Social Indicators Research, v93 n2 p407-432 Sep 2009
In recent years, the interest grew in research on measuring the "quality of life" (QOL) in cities. This interest comes from the success QOL measurement achieved in understanding communities' needs, tracking changes in different aspects of life and assessing the most desired types of future development among citizens. This research highlights the importance of measuring QOL in Jordan. It examines the opportunity and applicability of carrying out QOL measurement studies in Amman, the capital city. It outlines different scopes, visions and approaches that can be used to study and measure QOL and the most suitable mechanism that can work firmly. A professional top-bottom approach was used for that. Thirty-three experts with different backgrounds were interviewed in order to determine the appropriate scopes and visions for studying QOL, define the most significant aspects affecting QOL in Amman, and define the appropriate domains to be studied. Results were analyzed, limitations were defined and the final set of representative domains was stated. Domains were ranked according to their relevance and the important--underneath--aspects were defined in the form of models, each representing a certain domain. The paper attempts by the end to set the stage for setting up criteria for measuring QOL in Amman and to open the way for future QOL research to take place in Jordan.
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Expertise, Social Indicators, Psychometrics, Feasibility Studies, Measurement Objectives, Measurement Techniques, Municipalities, Research Methodology, Evaluation Methods, Research Design, Item Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Jordan