ERIC Number: ED431015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-22
Reference Count: N/A
Analytical and Methodological Issues in the Use of Qualitative Data Analysis Software: A Description of Three Studies.
Margerum-Leys, Jon; Kupperman, Jeff; Boyle-Heimann, Kristen
This paper presents perspectives on the use of data analysis software in the process of qualitative research. These perspectives were gained in the conduct of three qualitative research studies that differed in theoretical frames, areas of interests, and scope. Their common use of a particular data analysis software package allows the exploration of issues related to use of the software, QSR NUDIST (NUDIST). NUDIST combines the accessibility to text of a word processing program with the data handling capacity of a database program, and some reporting features of a spreadsheet. The first study examined the beliefs of nine teacher education students. The second study examined the effects on middle school students (n=14) of Internet use when the technology was provided in the home. The third study explored how 16 first-year undergraduates describe and think about their multiple social identities. The software influenced both the methodologies and analysis schemes used by the researchers. In these studies, the ability to give a concrete structure to large data sets, code at multiple levels, and pursue iterative analysis methods had many repercussions for the research effort. Appendixes contain the coding structure for two of the studies. (Contains 1 table, 14 figures, and 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A