ERIC Number: EJ888832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
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Experiencing the Analytic Value of Transcription: An Exercise for Qualitative Research Methods
Della Noce, Dorothy J.
Communication Teacher, v20 n1 p6-10 Jan 2006
Textual analysis is an umbrella term used to introduce undergraduate students to a variety of methods for describing and interpreting messages contained in texts. A common goal of a number of textual analysis methods, including the analysis of qualitative interviews, social text analysis, discourse analysis, and conversation analysis, is to discover how participants construct and make sense of their social worlds by identifying the patterns and features of naturally occurring talk. The transcription process, whereby social interaction is reduced to text form for close study, is central to these forms of textual analysis. This article presents an activity that aims to introduce students to the use of transcription in textual analysis. It describes the use of the activity in an introductory course on Communication Research Methods. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Introductory Courses, Qualitative Research, Communication Research, Research Methodology, Discourse Analysis, Interpersonal Relationship, Text Structure
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