Working with Word for Qualitative Data Analysis


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Working with Word for Qualitative Data Analysis

  1. 1. Working with MS Word: Aqualitative analysis workshopUsing the simple and obviousJenna Condie | @jennacondie
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  5. 5. MS Word: The Simple andobvious• Already familiar with it• Transcribed data into it• No import/export issues• On every computer I work on• Everyone has it so can share data easily• Writing up thesis on it
  6. 6. PsyPAG 2011
  7. 7. What type of data? What type of analysis? What brings you here?
  8. 8. Well, let’s have a go Armed with your existing knowledge and skills on MS word, try some analysis on this data…
  9. 9. Some features…• Highlight function to distinguish different codes/sections using colour.• Track changes, particularly the comments feature to include memos, make notes, and record interpretations.• Referencing functions such as table of contents, table of figures, indexes and footnotes to organise themes or interpretative repertoires• Bolding and italicising text, using different fonts and sizes, underlining, line spacing, columns, numbered lists and bullet points etc…
  10. 10. Hints & Tips from Twitter@amyfielden83: Very obvious one, but using the highlight function in variouscolours to distinguish codes!@amyfielden83: Comment function is great for initial coding, and note takingon transcripts! 10
  11. 11. Word before? Have you had a fight with MS
  12. 12. Preparation and transcriptionA transcription strategy is a must! Make thesedecisions early on so writing up is easier.Tips•Start new paragraph for every speaker**•What font?•What size?•Line numbers?•Line spacing?
  13. 13. Creating a coding document** Click…
  14. 14. Data sorted The start of your coding document
  15. 15. Coding• Add columns for codesAlso useful to add acolumn to number the
  16. 16. CodingHighlightcolumn,click onnumbering some things might work better as comments Numbers (track useful for changes) linking excerpts
  17. 17. Table of codes (authorities)• Alphabetical listing• Shortcut (alt+shift+I)• Hide codes (ctrl+shift+8)• Insert table of authorities Add categories e.g. Level 1, Level 2, interpretative repertoires, canonical narratives
  18. 18. Other referencing functions 18
  19. 19. Keeping the data whole• Narrative and discursive approaches Could useHighlighting, table offont, bold, italics contents foretc sequential list Track changes
  20. 20. Flickr: osde8infoEasy life! Skill many people already haveVisual/audio More(see Hahn complex NVivo8 MS 2008) ATLAS. Excel, ti Access
  21. 21. Some very useful resources• Hahn, C. (2008) Doing Qualitative Research Using Your Computer, A practical Guide, London: Sage• La Pelle, N. (2004) Simplifying Qualitative Data Analysis Using General Purpose Software Tools, Field Methods, 16, p. 85 – 108 21
  22. 22. Working with MS Word: Aqualitative analysis workshopUsing the simple and obviousJenna Condie | @jennacondie