The wide range of approaches to data analysis in qualitative research can seem daunting even for experienced researchers. This handbook is the first to provide a state-of-the art overview of the whole field of QDA; from general analytic strategies used in qualitative research, to approaches specific to particular types of qualitative data, including talk, text, sounds, images and virtual data. The handbook includes chapters on traditional analytic strategies such as grounded theory, content analysis, hermeneutics, phenomenology and narrative analysis, as well as coverage of newer trends like mixed methods, reanalysis and meta-analysis. Practical aspects such as sampling, transcription, working collaboratively, writing and implementation are given close attention, as are theory and theorization, reflexivity, and ethics. Written by a team of experts in qualitative research from around the world, this handbook is an essential compendium for all qualitative researchers and students across the social sciences.

Using Software in Qualitative Analysis

Using software in qualitative analysis
Graham R. Gibbs

Computer software to assist with qualitative data analysis (QDA) has become established as an essential tool for many researchers in the last 20 years. One of the most commonly used acronyms for this software, CAQDAS, introduced by Fielding and Lee following a 1989 conference on the programs (Fielding and Lee, 1991), emphasizes that the software assists: Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis. However, the assistance given can be seen in different ways. For some, the use of software constitutes a separate kind of analysis to be considered alongside conversation analysis or grounded theory. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research (Denzin and Lincoln, 2011b) lists ‘computer assisted analysis’ as a ‘method of analysis’ (table 1.1: 12) ...

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