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Coding Qualitative Data

Coding organises and conceptualises the detailed components of data into patterns by use of symbols and labels to identify – and in the case of qualitative research, interpret – elements that will feature in the analysis.

Section Outline: Pre-coding: formats of notes, records and transcriptions. Reviewing the whole text. Making major groupings. Example: domestic diaries. Keywords and indexes. Adding content and meaning. Iterative re-coding. Grounded theory. Overlap of coding, data analysis and interpretation.

Coding is a particular step in analysing data, when the raw materials are converted into a more organised format that is easier for the researcher to inspect and understand. In quantitative analysis, this usually involves giving numerical values to answers so that they can be statistically processed on a computer. In ...

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