Course: Qualitative Data Analysis

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» Lecture 2: Transcription/Data Management

Good quality transcription and sound data managment practices are the foundation on which to build a smooth data analysis process. Good organization at the ground level will allow you to pursue a well-organized analysis plan and help you avoid needless frustrations. In today's class we learn the fundamentals of transcription and data management, which you will apply to your own data in the coming weeks.

» Lecture 4: Narrative Analysis and Case Study Approaches

Today we take an in-depth look at two inter-related research approaches: narrative analysis and case study analysis.

Asking research participants to tell stories is an often-used technique for in-depth interviewing (IDI). It can help participants relax by giving them an opportunity to provide information at a pace that is comfortable to them. Stories can also provide rich opportunities for the interviewer to probe on topics that would be otherwise difficult to ask about directly. Analyzing data that comes in story form can be complex, however. Today we explore narrative analysis and discuss an example of its use.

Somewhat related to narrative research is case study research, which is commonly used in the fields of phsychiatry, psychology, medicine, and law.

» Lecture 5: Ethnographic and Phenomenological Approaches

Today we take an in-depth look at ethnographic and phenomenological approaches to data analysis and discuss examples of each.

» Lecture 6: Grounded Theory Approach

Today we discuss the process of grounded theory analysis and discuss some examples.

» Lecture 7: Code book development

Today we learn about developing a coding scheme to assist you in indexing your data topically. We also discuss the uses of computer software in data analysis. We discuss the pros and cons of using computer software and help you develop realistic expectations about what the software can help you achieve in your analysis.

» Lecture 8: Atlas.ti lab - instruction

Hands-on instruction using Atlas.ti.

» Lecture 9: Writing Qualitative Research Papers

What constitutes an effective presentation of introduction / methods / results / discussion in qualitative research? We will explore effective written presentation by discussing examples from the published literature.

» Lecture 11: Cultural Domain Analysis

In today's lecture we discuss structured interviewing techniques used in cultural domain analysis. These techniques include freelisting and pile sorting. We also discuss how to calculate cultural saliency and how to use multidimensional scaling to examine the clusters obtained during pile sorting.

» Lecture 12: Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research

Today we discuss the ethical challenges introduced by qualitative research.

» Lecture 13: Hiring, Training, Managing Teams of Data Collectors

Today we discuss the selection, training, and ongoing management of the data collection team.