Rosaline Barbour draws on her extensive teaching experience to provide a clear, user-friendly introduction to the craft of doing qualitative research. Each chapter includes examples of real-life qualitative data and a range of exercises to help students get a feel for the process of generating and analysing qualitative data.

Analysis: Processing, Coding and Interrogating Data

Aims

This chapter will equip the researcher to make decisions about recording, note-taking and transcription, which will, in turn, ensure that many of the common pitfalls are avoided.

  • It will outline the advantages and disadvantages of using computer software packages and allow the reader to make an informed decision as to whether to pursue this option.
  • The principles of coding are introduced and the researcher will learn how to assign codes and sub-categories to transcripts (in order to aid meaningful data retrieval).
  • Hints are provided on how to revise and refine coding frames through constant revisiting of transcripts and reconsideration of provisional coding categories.
  • It will outline the main approaches to analyzing qualitative data offered by content and thematic analysis and Grounded Theory ...
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