Overview of qualitative approaches to research

The nature of qualitative inquiry

Why work with qualitative data?

Designing a qualitative project

Data collection - methods and issues

            Sources of data

            Issues in gathering data

Analysing qualitative data

            Focusing analysis

            Starting analysis - preliminary steps

            Working with data - identifying categories

            Working with data - looking at narrative

            Using a framework for analysis

Beyond content - things to consider

Refining and reporting analysis - making sense of it all

Coding in qualitative research

Coding in qualitative analysis is an analytic tool that involves labelling data in a way that identifies its content and/or its meaning within the context of the questions being asked. It allows data to be located, connected, sorted, sifted, and queried in the process of developing understanding of the information and implications in what participants or other sources are saying. Coding serves as just one of multiple tools used in qualitative research. Consider also linking and narrative strategies, summarising, memo-writing, visual techniques, etc.

This seminar/workshop covers:

·         Considering the place of coding in qualitative analysis

·         Starting to work with data - holistic strategies

·         Coding as an analytic tool - types of codes, naming codes

·         Managing the coding process

·         Moving beyond codes to themes and patterns

Moving beyond coding

You’ve met the challenge of designing a qualitative study, of gathering data, and of developing and using a coding system. Where to now? This seminar/workshop will employ practical exercises and example projects to illustrate and practise strategies to help you move beyond coding, and beyond simple ‘thematic analysis’.  By thinking dimensionally, working comparatively, thinking relationally, working visually, and considering theory, you can use your coding to ask and answer questions, leading to a richer, deeper analysis. Using your coding in this way will support you in developing ‘thick’ description, and in building coherent arguments, models, theoretical propositions and/or practice applications worthy of the contributions made by your participants (and your effort thus far).

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