ERIC Number: ED336079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Hypertext and Database Tools for Qualitative Research.
Horney, Mark A.; Healey, Deborah
This study compared and contrasted the use of hypertext and relational database knowledge representation techniques in the analysis of qualitative data. A parallel analysis of teacher interview transcripts was conducted with two computer programs: "EntryWay," a hypertext editor, and "FoxBase+/Mac," a relational database with a programming language. The analysis indicated that, while any specific data manipulation process could be conducted in either program, the inherent metaphorical structures employed by each program--textual versus graphic, across smaller chunks versus within larger segments, filter versus map--predisposed the researchers to view, manipulate, and interpret the data in specific and different ways. Descriptions of both EntryWay and FoxBase provide details on the methods they use to sort, filter, and code information. Tables include a printout of an exported file, a QMap, database fields, FoxBase filter, FoxBase file, format for teacher comments, and comments with keyword codes. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Knowledge Representation; Relational Approach (Information Retrieval)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).