Using Software in Qualitative Research: A Step-by-Step Guide

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SAGE, 2007 - Computers - 288 pages
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Using Software in Qualitative Research is an essential introduction to the practice and principles of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS), helping the reader choose the most appropriate package for their needs and to get the most out of the software once they are using it.

This step-by-step book considers a wide range of tasks and processes, bringing them together to demystify qualitative software and encourage flexible and critical choices and uses of software in supporting analysis. The book can be read as a whole or by chapters, building on one another to provide a holistic sense of the analytic journey without advocating a particular sequential process.

Accessible and comprehensive, Using Software in Qualitative Research provides a practical but analytically-grounded guide to thinking about and using software and will be an essential companion for any qualitative researcher.

 

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Contents

Data and Their Preparation for CAQDAS Packages
17
data preparation issues
30
Practical Tasks
32
Exploration and TextLevel Work
56
Principles and Processes
81
Coding Schemes Coding Frames
91
Coding Tasks in Software
117
Basic Retrieval of Coded Data
143
Mapping Ideas and Linking Concepts
179
Theoretical models
180
mapping functionality
191
Organizing Data to Known Characteristics
194
Interrogating the Dataset
209
Convergence Closeness Choice
227
Appendix A Background and Summary of Example Projects
231
Resources and Links
279

Managing Processes and Interpretations by Writing
163

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Christina graduated from Essex University in 1997 in Politics and Sociology, after which she came to Surrey and completed the Social Research Methods M.Sc. with distinction and she obtained her ESRC funded PhD comparing the development of school-based sex education in England and Wales and the Netherlands in 2002. Christina has been working with the CAQDAS Networking Project on an ad hoc basis since 1998 and joined the Project formally in 2002 as part-time Resource Officer and Course Tutor. She is now the CAQDAS Networking Project Manager. The Project provides platforms of debate concerning the use of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS). We train students and researchers in a number of CAQDAS packages, run an advisory telephone help-line, website, the ‘qualitative software' electronic discussion list and develop and teach new courses. Christina also advises and trains research teams on their use of CAQDAS software. The CAQDAS Networking Project is currently working on a new project funded by the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM). Qualitative Innovations in CAQDAS (QUIC) explores three new breaking developments in the use of CAQDAS alongside our training and capacity building activities. The first concerns the support that software provides for integrating qualitative and quantitative data, the second the analysis of multi-stream visual data and the third the convergence of GIS and CAQDAS technology. We are developing exemplars and self-learning materials. As well as working with the CAQDAS Networking Project, Christina has been commissioned to carry out research projects for a number of independent organisations including a collaborative Action Research Project between East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, the Centre for the Development of Health Care Policy and Practice (CDNPP) at Leeds University and the Facilities Management Graduate Centre (FMGC) at Sheffield Hallam University. Christina is also an Associate Consultant for the Centre for the Development of Nursing Policy and Practice (CDNPP) at Leeds University.

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