Are we there yet?Growing maturity in qualitative tools and methods                Christopher Thorn  Assistant Scientist a...
Are we really in the back seat?
How would we know?• The qualitative research SIG in AERA is  celebrating its 20th anniversary this spring. It’s  also bigg...
Maturity of the tools
Basic Functionality of CAQDAS Tools• CAQDAS Networking Project   – Structure of work – The Project   – Closeness to data a...
Maturity of Evaluation & Review• AERA Standards for Reporting on Research  Methods – guidelines that discuss the  underpin...
Maturity of Literature• Early 90’s - Pulling it all together• Specialization of the late 1990s   –   Organizational Studie...
Maturity of Training• Exploration  – The rise of artisans  – Teach me the basics  – You are not alone• Specialization  – T...
Maturity of Infrastructure• Availability of  Archives• Standards for  Storing &  Transmitting Data• Standards for  Seconda...
Maturity of Desire• Transfer data and analytical coding from one  tool to another – leverage different strengths• Storage ...
Maturity of the Market• Desktop vs Teams   – QSR is using technologies     that would allow web services     and multi-use...
Trends• Social Network Analysis   – Visualization of groups and     processes   – New notions of mixed     methods• Tools ...
Is it the right metaphor?• I think I got out of the  back seat a while ago• Maybe I don’t have  the right vehicle?   –   H...
A New Era of Collaboration• The tenor of the new  AERA publication  guidelines should  provide a platform for  high-level ...
A few other “there yet?” images
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2006 qualitative strategies conference uni durham - are we there yet - growing maturity in qualitative tools and methods

  1. 1. Are we there yet?Growing maturity in qualitative tools and methods Christopher Thorn Assistant Scientist and Director of Technical Services Wisconsin Center for Education Research University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. 2. Are we really in the back seat?
  3. 3. How would we know?• The qualitative research SIG in AERA is celebrating its 20th anniversary this spring. It’s also bigger than two of the divisions• Take a look at the long history of CAQDAS, a long list of software, and the level of the discussion on the related listserves• The criticism of tools as distancing from data is a decade out of date
  4. 4. Maturity of the tools
  5. 5. Basic Functionality of CAQDAS Tools• CAQDAS Networking Project – Structure of work – The Project – Closeness to data and interactivity – Exploring the data – Code and Retrieve functionality – Project Management and Data Organization – Searching and interrogating the database – W riting tools – Output
  6. 6. Maturity of Evaluation & Review• AERA Standards for Reporting on Research Methods – guidelines that discuss the underpinnings of quality• The Qualitative Report’s Qua lity in Qua lita tive Re s e a rc h Re fe re nc e s provides a 22 page list of scholarly references• Journal and grant proposal reviewers are requiring explicit discussion about the links between questions and methods used
  7. 7. Maturity of Literature• Early 90’s - Pulling it all together• Specialization of the late 1990s – Organizational Studies – Mental Health – Program Evaluation – Social Policy Reform – Education• Reintegration of the mid-00’s – Cross-cutting issues of quality and rigor
  8. 8. Maturity of Training• Exploration – The rise of artisans – Teach me the basics – You are not alone• Specialization – The rise of guilds – Training widely available, but often narrow• Reintegration – Scope and sequence
  9. 9. Maturity of Infrastructure• Availability of Archives• Standards for Storing & Transmitting Data• Standards for Secondary Use• Scholarly Discourse on Secondary Use
  10. 10. Maturity of Desire• Transfer data and analytical coding from one tool to another – leverage different strengths• Storage and transmission standard – Ability to share primary data – Ability to share journals and memos – Ability to share coding and coding frameworks• Real-time simultaneous access for coding and searching
  11. 11. Maturity of the Market• Desktop vs Teams – QSR is using technologies that would allow web services and multi-user• Enterprise services – Atlas services are already there, this a is a place QSR could head as well – discovery inside the enterprise• Real Easy vs Real Research – Market segmentation
  12. 12. Trends• Social Network Analysis – Visualization of groups and processes – New notions of mixed methods• Tools for federation of data and analysis – Search and storage• Web 2.0 tools overlapping with collaborative qualitative analysis
  13. 13. Is it the right metaphor?• I think I got out of the back seat a while ago• Maybe I don’t have the right vehicle? – Hybrid – Landau – Nascar – Horseless carriage• Maybe another picture be better?
  14. 14. A New Era of Collaboration• The tenor of the new AERA publication guidelines should provide a platform for high-level dialogue and professional engagement• It’s time to get out of the car and work together
  15. 15. A few other “there yet?” images
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