This book's unique child-centered perspective provides an easy-to-follow model for teaching research methodology to children to participate actively in their own education.

Analysing Qualitative Data

Analysing qualitative data

Teaching Content for Session 9

Timing: 120 minutes + 30 minutes follow-up work.


Qualitative data refers to the kind of descriptive data commonly collected through interviews and observation. They are data in the form of words rather than numbers (quantitative data) and are often collected via audio or video recording and then transcribed. To transcribe something means to make an exact written copy of the conversations or audio observation notes. There are numerous methods of qualitative data analysis but I shall restrict the content of this chapter to those processes which can be most easily used by children. In essence, this requires an appreciation of three core aspects of qualitative data analysis: coding, memoing and abstracting.


Even short interviews or observation sessions ...

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