ERIC Number: ED343570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
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The Data Collector: A Qualitative Research Tool.
Handler, Marianne G.; Turner, Sandra V.
Computer software that is intended to assist the qualitative researcher in the analysis of textual data is relatively new. One such program, the Data Collector, is a HyperCard computer program designed for use on the Macintosh computer. A tool for organizing and analyzing textual data obtained from observations, interviews, surveys, and other documents, the program also includes a component called the "BiblioStack" that facilitates note-taking for a literature review. These two components may be used together or independently. This paper describes the criteria for the program's development, the rationale for using HyperCard, and the features of both the Data Collector stack and the BiblioStack. It is noted that this software is simply a tool for organizing and managing the data; the researcher must develop the relevant coding categories, identify emerging themes, and support his or her interpretations from the data. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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