Computer Software in Qualitative Research: An Introduction to NVivo


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Computer Software in Qualitative Research: An Introduction to NVivo

  1. 1. Computer Software in Qualitative Research: An Introduction to NVivo Adam T. Perzynski Doctoral Candidate 10/9/2003
  2. 2. Objectives  Learn the vocabulary of NVivo  Discover what can be done with NVivo.  Figure out how to do these things.  Discuss the role of computer software in Qualitative research
  3. 3. NVivo Vocabulary  Documents  Nodes – Tree – Free  Sets  Attributes  In-Vivo  QRS Qualitative Research Software  CAQDAS Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software
  4. 4. What can you accomplish with NVivo?  Manage and Analyze Textual Data – Browse and Code Documents – Edit Textual Data – Create sets of anything  Identify Themes, Patterns and Variables – Browse and Refine Coding – Store demographic and descriptive data  Link to files and web pages  Create and link to Memos
  5. 5. Advanced Tasks for NVivo  Print Node and Document Reports  Search text and coding  Cross-tabulate codes and descriptive data  Create a graphical diagram linked directly to your documents and codes
  6. 6. Example Data Qualitative  347 Narratives of Hepatitis C  Collected from the Internet  Range in length from 250 to 3000 words.
  7. 7. Demonstrations
  8. 8. Frequently Asked Questions  Can more than one person work on a single project?  How much data can NVivo Handle?  Does the data have to be transcribed textual data to use Nvivo?  I’m confused about the colors.  What can I print from Nvivo?
  9. 9. QRS and QADAS Controversy For Against  Efficient  Coding is not Analysis  Uniform  Inflexible  Prestige in Computing  Not Hands on  Allows for focused and  Distracts from ideas detailed analysis emphasizes words.  Facilitates rigor and  Reification of the transparency Researcher and Data
  10. 10. Conclusions  Is it ok to use this?  Computer software should not imply the knowledge or use of good methodology.  Investigators must be reflexive and self- critical.
  11. 11. Selected References Bassett, R., & Cox, S., & Rauch, U. (1995). The Emperor's new clothes: Is there more to NUD.IST than meets the eye? Societe, 19:2 Bazeley. P. and Richards. L., (2000). The NVivo Qualitative Project Book. Sage Publications, London. Bazeley, P. (1999). The bricoleur with a computer: Piecing together qualitative and quantitative data. Qualitative Health Research, 9(2):279-287. Bong, S.A. (2002) “Debunking Myths in Qualitative Data Analysis. Forum: Qualitative Social Research 1(2). Coffey, A. & Atkinson, P. (1996). Making Sense of Qualitative Data, Complementary Research Strategies. London: Sage. Coffey, A., Holbrook, B., & Atkinson, P. (1996). Qualitative data analysis: Technologies and representations. Sociological Research Online, 1(1). Cresswell, J.W. (1998). Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing among Five Traditions. Thousand Oaks: Sage. Dey, I. (1999). Grounding Grounded Theory: Guidelines for Qualitative Inquiry. London: Academic Press Fielding, R. & Lee, (1998). Computer Analysis and Qualitative Research. London: Sage. Gibbs, G. (2002). Qualitative Data Analysis: Explorations with NVivo. Open University Press, London. Lee, R. (Ed.). (1995). Information Technology for the Social Scientist. London Richards, L. (1999). Using NVivo in Qualitative Research. London: Sage. Richards, L., & T. J. (1991). Computing in qualitative analysis: A healthy development? Qualitative Health Research, 1: 234-262. Seale, C. (1999). The Quality of Qualitative Research. London: Sage Seale, C. F. (2000). Computer assisted analysis of qualitative data. In D. Silverman (Ed.) Doing Qualitative Research: a practical handbook. London: Sage. Weitzman, E. A. & Miles, M. B. (1995). Computer programs for qualitative data analysis: A software sourcebook. Thousand Oaks: Sage. Weitzman, E. (2000). Software and qualitative research. In N. K. Denzin, & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative research, 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks/ Sage.
  12. 12. Computer Software in Qualitative Research: An Introduction to NVivo Adam T. Perzynski Doctoral Candidate 10/9/2003
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