Using Software To Manage The Qualitative Data Analysis Process
Margarete Juliana, Research Center for Educational Technolgy, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-47-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper relates my experience using The Ethnograph, Microsoft Access database, and Excel spreadsheets in order to handle qualitative data analysis; the demanding task of maintaining the research focus; and providing a clear connection between the raw data, the data analysis, and the findings. Inductive analysis is never an easy task. The use of qualitative data analysis software (QDAS) has been documented as providing support and facilitating the data analysis process, and although The Ethnograph supported many of the tasks for coding and retrieval of data, other software was necessary for other aspects of the data analysis process. Much time and energy is spent on collecting quality data, preparing the data, and analyzing the data. It is not uncommon for researchers, especially novices, to feel overwhelmed with the data analysis experience. Using a variety of technology can greatly support the data analysis process, as this presentation will show.
Juliana, M. (2003). Using Software To Manage The Qualitative Data Analysis Process. In C. Crawford, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2003--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 731-733). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).