ERIC Number: ED338339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Mothers' Experiences of Infant Daycare: A New Approach Using Computer-Assisted Analysis of Qualitative Data.
Rolfe, Sharne; And Others
This paper reports on a small-scale introductory study of Australian mothers' experiences of infant day care. Ten employed, middle- and lower-socioeconomic status women with an infant in center-based day care were interviewed. Brief narrative examples from the mothers' accounts are presented. Discussion then concentrates on a new approach to qualitative data analysis that involves three stages: (1) Interview transcripts are used to develop individual case studies; (2) Line-by-line analysis of the transcripts is used to develop coding categories in the grounded theory approach of Strauss; and (3) A detailed indexing system is developed for full coding and analysis of the data by computer. The researchers have completed the first two stages of analysis and are currently engaged in the third stage using the software package NUDIST (Non-Numerical Unstructured Data Indexing Searching and Theorising). The potential of the preliminary results for use in focusing further research, and the ways in which work with NUDIST is facilitating more complex analyses than have previously been possible, are considered. It is concluded that the type of qualitative research discussed will in time provide essential complements to the insights gained from quantitative approaches. Nine references are provided. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (Melbourne); Computer Assisted Data Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).