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Qualitative Data Analysis from Start to Finish
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Qualitative Data Analysis from Start to Finish



March 2013 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Are you new to qualitative research? Are you planning to do interviews or focus groups and wondering what on earth you'll do with the data once it's collected? Do you have a pile of transcripts staring at you right now and are you lost as to how to identify themes, code your data and work out what it all means?

 

Fear not, help is here! In this brilliant new book, Jamie Harding breaks down the process of analysing qualitative data into simple, retraceable steps. After providing some top tips for designing your research and collecting your data, he takes you through the different stages of analysis, from the first reading of your transcripts, to presenting your findings in a report or dissertation. For each stage of the process there are demonstrations using real data and exercises for you to perform yourself. He unpicks what happens behind the scenes in qualitative data analysis - the bit that's hard to learn without seeing it happen and trying it for yourself. While acknowledging that there are many different forms that qualitative data analysis can take, the book provides a series of ideas and examples that you will find invaluable when analysing your own data.

 

This book is perfect for all social science students who are struggling with data analysis and are looking for someone to guide the way.


 
Introduction
Structure of the Book

 
The Interviews and the Focus Group

 
Introduction to Data Analysis

 
Validity

 
Definitions

 
 
Beginning the Study
Introduction

 
Qualitative and Quantitative Research

 
Mixed Methods

 
Critical Research

 
Induction and Deduction

 
Research Designs

 
Sampling

 
Negotiating Access

 
Maximising Response

 
Forms of Collection Data

 
Ethical Issues

 
Summary

 
Further Reading

 
 
Collecting and Managing Interview and Focus Group Data
Introduction

 
Distinctive Features of Qualitative Interviews

 
Types of Qualitative Interview

 
Modes of Data Collection

 
Qualities of the Qualitative Interviewer

 
Planning the Interview and the Interview Guide

 
Unplanned Probes

 
Planning a Focus Group

 
Moderating a Focus Group

 
Piloting for Interviews and Focus Groups

 
Recording and Transcription of INterview and Focus Group Data

 
Summary

 
Further Reading

 
 
First Stages of Analyzing Interview Data - Making Summaries and Making Comparisons
Introduction

 
Summarising Interviews

 
Summarising Interviews: Examples

 
Summarising Interviews: Exercise

 
The Constant Comparative Method

 
Reaching Findings Using the Constant Comparative Method

 
Summary

 
Further Reading

 
 
Using Codes to Analyse an Illustrative Issue
Step 1: Identifying Initial Categories Based on Reading the Transcripts

 
Step 2: Writing Codes Alongside the Transcripts

 
Step 3: Reviewing the List of Codes, Revising the List of Categories and Deciding Which Codes Should Appear in Which Category

 
Complete List of Codes Used in Relation to Reflective Practice

 
Step 4: Looking for Themes and Findings in Each Category

 
Summary

 
Further Reading

 
 
Identifying Conceptual Themes and Building Theory
Characteristics of Conceptual Themes

 
Two Helpful Tools for Identifying Conceptual Themes

 
Analysing a Conceptual Theme Step by Step

 
Summary

 
Further Reading

 
 
Alternative Approaches to Analyzing Qualitative Data
Introduction

 
Deductive Coding and Analysis

 
Narrative Analysis

 
Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS)

 
Summary

 
Further Reading

 
 
Analyzing Focus Group Data
Introduction

 
Individual Data Analysis

 
Group Data Analysis

 
Avoiding Reaching Findings that Lack Validity

 
Group Interaction Data Analysis

 
Combining Analysis of the 'How' and the 'What'

 
Summary

 
Further Reading

 
 
Writing about Research (1) - Methodology and Findings
Introduction

 
Checking Validity

 
Reflexivity

 
The Methodology Section

 
Writing About Qualitative Findings

 
Summary

 
Further Reading

 
 
Writing about Research (2)- Making Links to the Literature
Introduction

 
The Literature Review

 
The Role of the Conclusion

 
An Example - Writing the Literature Search and Conclusion in Relation to Student Employment

 
Summmary

 
Further Reading

 

Excellent, clear and informative. Will strongly recommend to undergraduate and MA students working on their Dissertations

Mr Iain Jones
Education Department, Newman University
October 13, 2014

This is fantastic resource for students looking to bridge the often intimidating gap between collecting data and then knowing what to do with it. It explains abstract concepts like coding in a very relatable manner with lots of examples to hand for iillustration. It also outlines the process of linking empirical findings back to theory which is highly useful.

Dr Kevina Cody
School of Marketing, Dublin Institute of Technology
July 15, 2014

very helpful book to supplement the information presented to students

Mrs Adele Creer
computing, Isle of Man College
June 19, 2014

A practical qualitative data analysis book for both postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students.

Dr Krishna Regmi
Clinical Education and Leadership, Faculty of Heath and Social Sciences
April 23, 2014

A fantastic 'go to' text for beginners and refreshers.

Ms Alison Devine
Clinical Education, Edge Hill University
April 1, 2014

A detailed, easy to folow guide to qualitative data analysis.

Mr Michael Parsons
Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales
March 18, 2014

a vital and much needed text

Dr Liane Purnell
Department of Education, Newman University College
February 24, 2014

Great book, not too critical, pragmatic understanding of qualitative analysis

Dr James Byron-Daniel
School of Psychology, University of the West of England, Bristol
February 13, 2014

Awaiting responses from students

Professor Erhabor Idemudia
Psychology Department, North-West University (MC), PB X2046, Mmabatho, 2735, South africa
February 11, 2014

Students often need to develop their understanding of the research process and the elements within it. This text offers a comprehensive view of data analysis which will be useful for students and academics to find practical ways of doing this in final year research modules

Mrs Liz Cade
Health , Glyndwr University
December 20, 2013

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