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The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers
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The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers

Fourth Edition
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February 2021 | 440 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This invaluable manual from world-renowned expert Johnny Saldaña illuminates the process of qualitative coding and provides clear, insightful guidance for qualitative researchers at all levels. The fourth edition includes a range of updates that build upon the huge success of the previous editions:

  • A structural reformat has increased accessibility; the 3 sections from the previous edition are now spread over 15 chapters for easier sectional reference
  • There are two new first cycle coding methods join the 33 others in the collection: Metaphor Coding and Themeing the Data: Categorically
  • Includes a brand new companion website with links to SAGE journal articles, sample transcripts, links to CAQDAS sites, student exercises, links to video and digital content
  • Analytic software screenshots and academic references have been updated, alongside several new figures added throughout the manual
It remains the only book that looks specifically at coding qualitative data, as a core but often neglected skill that researchers and students alike need to effectively make sense of their data and to identify patterns, before they can analyse the material.

Saldana presents a range of coding options with advantages and disadvantages to help researchers to choose the most appropriate approach for their project, reinforcing their perspective with real world examples, used to show step-by-step processes and to demonstrate important skills.

 
Part I: Coding Foundations
 
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Codes and Coding
 
Chapter 2: Fundamental Coding Methods and Techniques
 
Chapter 3: Writing Analytic Memos about Narrative and Visual Data
 
Part II: First Cycle Coding Methods
 
Chapter 4: Selecting First Cycle Coding Methods
 
Chapter 5: Grammatical Coding Methods
 
Chapter 6: Elemental Coding Methods
 
Chapter 7: Affective Coding Methods
 
Chapter 8: Literary and Language Coding Methods
 
Chapter 9: Exploratory Coding Methods
 
Chapter 10: Procedural Coding Methods
 
Chapter 11: Methods of Themeing the Data
 
Part III: Second Cycle Coding Methods
 
Chapter 12: Transitioning from First to Second Cycle Coding Methods
 
Chapter 13: Second Cycle Grounded Theory Coding Methods
 
Chapter 14: Second Cycle Cumulative Coding Methods
 
Chapter 15: After First and Second Cycle Coding Methods

This coding manual is the best go-to text for qualitative data analysis, both for a manual approach and for computer-assisted analysis. It offers a range of coding strategies applicable to any research projects, written in accessible language, making this text highly practical as well as theoretically comprehensive. 

Brigitte Smit
Visiting Professor, University of Johannesburg & Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta

With this expanded fourth edition of The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers, Saldaña has proved to be an exemplary archivist of the field of qualitative methods, whilst never losing sight of the practical issues involved in inducting new researchers to the variety of coding methods available to them. His text provides great worked examples which build up understanding, skills and confidence around coding for the new researcher, whilst also enhancing established researchers’ grasp of the key principles of coding. 

Margaret Hogg
Professor of Consumer Behaviour and Marketing, Department of Marketing, Lancaster University Management School

Johnny Saldaña’s Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers has been an indispensable resource for students, teachers and practitioners since it was first published in 2009. With its expanded contents, new coding methods and more intuitive structure, the fourth edition deserves a prominent place on every qualitative researcher’s bookshelf.

Steven A. Harvey
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

An essential text for qualitative research training and fieldwork. Along with updated examples and applications, Saldaña's fourth edition introduces multiple new coding methods, solidifying this as the most comprehensive, practical qualitative coding guide on the market today.

Kait Atkins
PhD candidate in International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

This book really is the coding manual for qualitative researchers, both aspiring and seasoned. The text is well-organized and thorough. With several new methods included in the fourth edition, this is an essential reference text for qualitative analysts.  

Erin Cooney
PhD candidate in International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

This is a fantastic resource to both novice and expert researchers especially to people who are interested in undertaking qualitative research. This comprehensive book teaches readers how to code and analyse the qualitative data in a simple and effective way.

Dr Kumaresan Cithambaram
School of Nursing & Midwifery , Queen's University Belfast
January 23, 2021

This is essential reading for the degree students undergoing qualitative research.

Mrs Chrissie Draper
Educational Psychology, Derby College
January 14, 2021

Excellent resource - will be recommending this across a range of research modules

Ms Hazel Williams
Human Resource Management, Nottingham Trent University
December 14, 2020