ERIC Number: ED399290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Twenty-first Century Tools for Qualitative Data Analysis.
Wiley, Susan D.; And Others
A way to support the educational ethnographer in developing a perspective on the art of qualitative research during an introductory course on qualitative research methods is explored through a study of how novice researchers begin to learn the elements and processes of qualitative research. A second purpose of the study is to investigate the use of a new generation of computer software and how it supports or constrains the use of qualitative data. Students in a class on qualitative research methods at the University of California at Santa Barbara (12 in a morning session and 14 in an evening session) practiced the steps in the research cycle while carrying out a simulation of a study of the life of graduate students in education. Students were introduced, through lecture, readings, and demonstration, to common research tools, such as audiotape recording, word processing, and software for qualitative research. Study data provide evidence that the students practiced the "how" of qualitative research in a way that resulted in a beginning level of understanding the "why." Researchers predicted that students would recall the course as a concrete experience to build on when encountering concepts and understandings of qualitative research in the future. It was also apparent that computer capabilities could be used to a much greater advantage for teaching and doing qualitative research. Appendixes present the guided interview schedule, a guide for selecting software for data analysis, and a chart of views for analysis. (Contains one figure and two tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).