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Analyzing Qualitative Data

Analyzing Qualitative Data
Systematic Approaches

October 2009 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Through the use of real-life social science examples, this book walks upper-division undergraduate to graduate students through the steps of collecting and analyzing qualitative data. Rather than cover data collection in separate chapters isolated from analysis techniques, the authors pair each data collection technique with the appropriate analytic method. The authors first cover word-based techniques (such as KWIC, word counts, componential analysis, taxonomies, mental maps, and semantic networks.) They next cover discovery techniques (grounded theory, schema analysis, sequential analysis, and analytic induction) followed by confirmatory techniques (tables and matrices, classic content analysis, content dictionaries, and ethnographic decision modeling.) In the last section of the book, the authors tackle philosophical issues related to sampling, reliability and validity as well as how to select the appropriate software. Carefully crafted exercises will provide readers with experiences for practicing the concepts in each chapter. This book will provide readers with not only the most complete information on doing qualitative collection and analysis, but a guide to selecting among the complete variety of qualitative techniques.
Chapter 1. Introduction to Text: Qualitative Data Analysis
Chapter 2. Collecting Data
Chapter 3. Finding Themes
Chapter 4. Codebooks and Coding
Chapter 5. Introduction to Data Analysis
Chapter 6. Conceptual Models
Chapter 7. First Steps in Analysis: Comparing Attributes of Variables
Chapter 8. Cultural Domain Analysis: Free Lists, Judged Similarities, and Taxonomies
Chapter 9. KWIC Analysis, Word Counts, and Semantic Network Analysis
Chapter 10. Discourse Analysis: Conversation and Performance
Chapter 11. Narrative Analysis
Chapter 12. Grounded Theory
Chapter 13. Content Analysis
Chapter 14. Schema Analysis
Chapter 15. Analytic Induction and Qualitative Comparative Analysis
Chapter 16. Ethnographic Decision Models
Chapter 17. Sampling
Appendix: Resources for Analyzing Qualitative Data
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors

"This book is well suited for a novice in qualitative research, as the chapters are written in a clear and simple style. Those who are more experienced in qualitative research could include this in their collection because it is comprehensive and replete with examples from studies that illustrate the content."

Shelley Victor
Nova Southeastern University
The Qualitative Report

A how-to guide for the qualitative researcher and student. Bernard and Ryan have produced a text of surgical precision which cuts through the rhetoric about qualitative research and arms researchers with the knowledge and tools to deliver refined analysis and troubleshoot classic issues. An essential text for all qualitative researchers and their teachers.

Mr Paul Matthews
School of Hospitality, Tourism & Events, University College Birmingham
June 10, 2016

This book provides an essential resource for any scholar interested in qualitative research. It gives a solid introduction with practical tips and examples of how to analyse qualitative data in a systematic and rigorous way. It is very well written and clearly structured, making it a valuable resource both for instructors and students.

Dr Oliver Schwarz
Faculty of Social Sciences, University Duisburg-Essen
February 12, 2016

This text is especially strong in offering concrete and practical examples of how to conceptualize, gather, and analyze qualitative data. For students who are new to this approach to research, this text offers a fresh, interesting, and engaging approach.

Dr Jay Memmott
Social Work, University of South Dakota Health Science Center
June 24, 2015

This is a specialized book. It covers all aspects of qualitative data analysis in details. It is an excellent book for a course in qualitative data analysis. But my course is an introductory course in qualitative methods. For this purpose the book is too detailed and specialized. I was hoping to be able to use chapters of it, but found out that it was not easy to include separate chapters.

Dr Babak Farshchian
Dept of Computer and Info Science, Norwegian University of Science & Tech
April 19, 2015

The focus on different kinds of qualitative analysis techniques is very welcome.

Dr Thomas Matheus
Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
February 20, 2015

This book has been invaluable in providing students with the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake masters level research within a qualitative paradigm. Well recommended to anybody interested in qualitative research. Easy to read and follow, but invaluable.

Dr Pete King
School of Human and Health Science, Swansea Univ.
June 30, 2014

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Professor Crystal Richardson
Online Administrative Offices, Virginia College
January 7, 2014

This is a must-have book for those researchers who conduct qualitative research. The book provides the basic concept and specific details in defining and creating concept for data collection and coding. In addition, it provides specific content in analyzing features and various domain anlayses; e.g. cultural aspect, discourse, analysis, KWIC analysis, narrative analysis, grounded theory, content analysis, schema analysis, analytic induction and comparative analysis. Additional, it introduce ethnographic decision models and sampling methods. This books shows systematic approaches.

Dr Chavi Chen
IESEG, School of Management, Catholic University of Lille
May 3, 2013

Analyzing Qualitative Data: Systematic approach is a good textbook for Graduate students. The book has great features which makes it a viable textbook for graduate students in terms of data analysis. One of the great features of this book is the different range of qualitative methods included. The book logically leads the students from the basic and fundamental issues to a deeper level for analysis.

Dr Negmeldin Alsheikh
Curriculum and Instruction, United Arab Emirates University
February 13, 2013

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