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Chapter 38: Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data
Coding and Analyzing Qualitative Data
In qualitative studies, data may be collected through a variety of methods, such as interviews, observations, or artefacts. Coding is the process through which researchers begin to make sense of qualitative data; it involves labeling and organizing data to facilitate interpretation. Analysis begins as data are coded, in an effort to make meaning from the data collected. This chapter focuses on a variety of aspects related to the process of coding and analysis. First, it includes a discussion of how theory and design influence the choice of how one analyzes the data. Then, different methods of analyzing data are shared, and inductive and deductive approaches to coding ...