ERIC Number: ED346128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Extending the Constant Comparative Method: Some Benefits of Participant Involvement in Data Analysis.
Wilson, Melvin A.
The constant comparative method of B. G. Glaser and A. L. Strauss (1967) of qualitative data analysis is illustrated using data from a study that investigated the knowledge and beliefs of four preservice secondary school mathematics teachers. Data sources included interviews, observations, a written instrument, and artifacts. Data analysis progressed through various stages, including open and selective coding. A unique feature of the design involved the participation of informants in the data coding process. This involvement simplified the analysis process, motivated ongoing analysis during data collection, and helped in identifying accurate and meaningful information about the teachers' beliefs. A description of the findings illustrates how these benefits were achieved, as well as how theory emerged from data during analysis. Three figures illustrate the analysis. A 10-item list of references and an appendix of interview excerpts are included. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Constant Comparative Method; Participative Evaluation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).