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ERIC Number: ED417218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 14
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"Just Do It": An Inductive, Experiential Method for Teaching Qualitative Data Analysis.
Wolfer, Terry A.
Novices often struggle to learn qualitative data analysis, and benefit from intensive assistance. For teaching analysis more efficiently in the classroom setting, the workshop described in this paper explained and demonstrated an inductive, experiential method. The method introduces grounded theory analysis and helps students to identify, elaborate, and systematize their own approaches. The workshop included selected, abbreviated portions of the instructional process, and provided sample teaching materials. The method centers on a semistructured data analysis exercise that consists of two rounds of activity. Each round includes analysis of the same interview transcript, written reflection during the analytic process, and a guided class discussion. The exercise provides some explicit guidance, but the instructions are deliberately ambiguous at some points to force student choices. The first round provides preliminary experience with data analysis, and the second round builds on the initial learning experience as it elaborates and qualifies the grounded theory method of analysis. Three appendixes present a section of the course syllabus, an inductive analysis exercise, and sample discussion questions. (Contains 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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