In the data analysis process, qualitative researchers construct _____________
by looking out for ____________ & ___________.
Results, Data, Causality
Conclusions, Coding, Answers
Meaning, Patterns, Themes
Qualitative Data Analysis is often
Quick and easy
Straightforward and obvious
A Nuanced Struggle
A Multistage Process
Pointless and frustrating
After collecting data in the field, the FIRST stages of Qualitative Data Analysis include:
Making Electronic Copies of Data Collected
Organizing, Categorizing, and Classifying Data
Drawing Interpretations of Data Quickly
Making Diagrams of Patterns, Categories, & Concepts
In order to distill a high volume of qualitative data (questionnaires, recorded interviews, etc.) into a useful data set, researchers ________ the data, in which they mark or reference specific words/sentences/themes.
Getting to know your data set in depth
is tedious, time-consuming, and repetitious
is an unnecessary part of doing qualitative research
involves looking over the data once or twice
is essential for making meaningful interpretations of data
What is involved on the researcher's part in interpreting data effectively?
Point the way for future research to build upon their findings
Always making concrete conclusions about the data
Identifying and addressing their own biases in collecting and interpreting data
Consulting with colleagues or critical friends
What question/s does a qualitative researcher need to ask themselves?
Did this data come from direct observation or hearsay?
How reliable are those providing the data?
How does the organizational structure or context influence the results?
What are the motivations of those providing the data?
What is the point of all this?