This book tackles the challenges of how to make sense of qualitative data. It offers students and researchers a hands-on guide to the practicalities of coding, comparing data, and using computer-assisted qualitative data analysis. Lastly, Gibbs shows you how to bring it all together, so you can see the steps of qualitative analysis, understand the central place of coding, ensure analytic quality and write effectively to present your results.

Getting Started with Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis


After reading this chapter, you should:

  • understand the development of computer-assisted qualitative analysis software, its advantages and some of its drawbacks;
  • know more about three programs, which are considered in detail – ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA and NVivo;
  • understand how to prepare documents, start a project, introduce documents and examine them; and
  • know how to carry out coding and retrieve text using the software.

The use of technology has transformed qualitative data analysis in many ways. First, was the introduction of mechanical recording equipment, which changed not just how qualitative data were collected but made possible new ways of analyzing them. The easy ability to get what seems like a complete record of interviews, conversations and such like, made possible a much closer ...

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