Qualitative Data Analysis

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  • Qualitative data analysis (QDA) includes the strategies for summarizing and determining the meaning of qualitative research data included in this analysis. During QDA, the researcher explores the data and searches for patterns, themes, relationships, and significant statements. The researcher prepares the qualitative data, such as interviews and field notes, for analysis by transcribing verbal or written data into text data. Visual data also are important in qualitative research. Researchers are increasingly importing qualitative data into software designed specifically for QDA.

    To obtain a general sense of the material, a researcher usually reads through the data several times; during this time, the researcher might jot down notes. The researcher must continually decide whether more data are needed because analysis in qualitative research often takes the form of ...

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