ERIC Number: ED366611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
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Qualitative Analysis of a Synthetic Culture: A Methodological Inquiry.
MacDonald, Suzanne; And Others
The study is a methodological inquiry into the interpretation of qualitative data. It explores a grounded theory approach to the synthesis of data, and examines, in particular, construction of categories. It focuses on ways of organizing data and attaching meaning, as research problems embedded in cultural context are explored. A qualitative research training task, with 4-7 subjects per group (4 or 5 groups per class), evaluating comic strip culture was used. We wanted to know how different ways of categorizing data lead to different interpretations of comic strip culture. In this regard, we were looking at: (1) consistency within groups, and (2) how groups differ. Implications of this study center around the idiosyncratic nature of qualitative research, issues related to generalizability, and relationships between training and non-training of researchers to the interpretation of data. Three tables and five figures are included. (Contains 10 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Grounded Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 13-16, 1993).