ERIC Number: ED231863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Aggregating Qualitative Data for Cross-Site Analysis.
Adams, Kay A.
The first step in aggregating qualitative data is to establish parameters for cross site analysis. Establishing parameters should include: (1) building a conceptual framework, (2) defining units of analysis, (3) developing core questions, and (4) establishing guidelines for handling unique features in each site. Two basic approaches to analyzing qualitative data are examined: the structured and the intuitive approach. Structured analysis uses content analysis, coding frameworks, and statistical analysis to analyze data. Intuitive analysis uses progressive focusing, emerging issues, auditing, and data exclusion to analyze data. It would be very difficult to aggregate data across multiple sites using solely an intuitive approach, yet the structured approach is too restrictive for most studies. The ideal is to merge the flexibility of intuitive analysis with the systematic nature of structured analysis. Features encompassed in the integration of intuitive and structured qualitative analysis are presented. (PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Aggregation (Data); Conceptual Frameworks; Intuition; Parameter Identification; Qualitative Data; Qualitative Studies; Unit of Analysis Problems
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Association (St. Louis, MO, December 3-7, 1982).