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Computer-Aided Qualitative Data Analysis
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Computer-Aided Qualitative Data Analysis
Theory, Methods and Practice

Edited by:
  • Udo Kelle - Philipps-Universitat Marburg, Germany


September 1995 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Computer-Aided Qualitative Data Analysis. . . is a sophisticated presentation of topics and issues relevant to the rapidly growing field of computer-aided qualitative data analysis. . . . In many respects, the book is 'cutting-edge,' presenting intriguing variations on qualitative data analysis techniques that are made possible (or at least manageable) through recent developments in computer applications. . . . Discussion of such foundational issues would be of value to newcomers and more experienced researchers alike, and would be consistent with the notion of a 'handbook.'. . . What Kelle and collaborators Prein and Bird have provided is a highly unique and stimulating contribution to this topic. Investigators using qualitative methods and pondering the use, implications, and potential of computers for analytic purposes should find this text to be a provocative addition to the literature." --Beth L. Rodgers in Computers in Nursing "Many of the chapters will be useful for gerontologists doing qualitative research." --T. L. Brink in Clinical Gerontologist Can computers be used to improve reliability and validity? Can they ensure more systematic analysis? Computer-Aided Qualitative Data Analysis addresses these questions and other issues in using computers to support the qualitative research process. In this volume, international experts in the field provide an invaluable guide to this complex and changing area of research practice. They discuss the impact of computer-assisted analysis, outline strategies that capitalize on the computer's capacity to analyze large amounts of data in a short time, and offer new ways of integrating qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques. Throughout, full account is taken of the fundamental methodological and theoretical issues involved in using computers in qualitative research.

Udo Kelle
Introduction
An Overview of Computer-Aided Methods in Qualitative Research

 
 
PART ONE: GENERAL METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES
Udo Kelle and Heather Laurie
Computer Use in Qualitative Research and Issues of Validity
Raymond M Lee and Nigel G Fielding
User Experiences of Qualitative Data Analysis Software
Marrku Lonkila
Grounded Theory as an Emerging Paradigm for Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
John Seidel and Udo Kelle
Different Functions of Coding in the Analysis of Textual Data
 
PART TWO: COMPUTERS AND QUALITATIVE THEORY BUILDING
Gerald Prein and Udo Kelle in discussion with Lyn Richards and Tom Richards
Introduction: Using Linkages and Networks for Theory Building
Ian Dey
Reducing Fragmentation in Qualitative Research
Tom Richards and Lyn Richards
Using Hierarchical Categories in Qualitative Data Analysis
Luis Araujo
Designing and Refining Hierarchical Coding Frames
 
PART THREE: COMPUTERS AND QUALITATIVE HYPOTHESIS EXAMINATION
Udo Kelle in discussion with Ernest Sibert, Anne Shelly, Sharlene Hesse-Biber and G[um]unter L Huber
Introduction
Hypothesis Examination in Qualitative Research

 
Ernest Sibert and Anne Shelly
Using Logic Programming for Hypothesis Generation and Refinement
Sharlene Hesse-Biber and Paul Dupuis
Hypothesis Testing in Computer-Aided Qualitative Data Analysis
G[um]unter L Huber
Qualitative Hypothesis Examination and Theory Building
 
PART FOUR: COMPUTERS AND TRIANGULATION
Gerald Prein and Udo Kuckartz in discussion with Edeltraud Roller, Charles C Ragin and Udo Kelle
Introduction
Between Quality and Quantity

 
Udo Kuckartz
Case-Oriented Quantification
Edeltraud Roller, Rainer Mathes and Thomas Eckert
Hermeneutic-Classificatory Content Analysis
Charles C Ragin
Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis to Study Configurations
Gerald Prein, Udo Kelle and Katherine Bird
An Overview of Software

`It is fair to state that the authors have succeeded in providing a stimulating and at times challenging treatment of the issues associated with working with textual data. This text will be of particular value to those seeking to understand the latest developments in computer analysis of textual data and the associated possibilities. It is particularly timely as the business related disciplines (management, strategic management and marketing, and consumer behaviour) appear to be showing a degree of disillusionment with quantitative methods and turning their thoughts towards the richer possibilities of qualitative research.... Each section is preceded by an excellent introductory chapter. Indeed, it is a major positive feature of the text that these introductory chapters not only provide the usual overview or summary of the material that is to follow, but also present a creative and valuable exposition of the content in their own right.... An interesting discussion of the functions of coding is provided and there is an extended case study of a user's software experience.... an excellent text which should be read by all management researchers and may be suitable as a text for PhD and other advanced research courses' - Management Learning

`It is not expensive for 210 pages packed with detail, and with contributors widely distributed thanks to e-mail; although US and Europe predominate' - Changes

`What Kelle and collaborators Prein and Bird have provided is a highly unique and stimulating contribution to this topic. Investigators using qualitative methods and pondering the use, implications and potential of computers for analytic purposes should find this text to be a provocative addition to the literature' - Computers in Nursing

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