Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis
Attendance dates:September 2022: 08
Time commitment: One day
Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
- Nita Walker
- Administrative Officer, Short Courses
This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of analysing qualitative data. The training will focus mainly on the analysis of transcripts from in-depth interviews, however the approaches discussed can be applied to other types of qualitative data including focus groups. The course is primarily designed for researchers with little or no experience of qualitative analysis. It will also be useful for more experienced researchers who have had little formal training or who wish to reflect on their practice. The course leader is an experienced social researcher who will draw on her own research as well as established practice within the social sciences.
The day includes sessions on different approaches to analysing qualitative data, the principles of ‘grounded theory’ and the constant comparison method, the process of coding data and identifying key themes, and the development of more conceptual ideas through analysis. These sessions will be interspersed with practical exercises relating to different stages of the analytical process. Other issues such as validity and generalisability in the context of qualitative analysis and the presentation of qualitative research findings will be discussed during the day. The course leader will be happy to address specific queries raised by course participants either during the sessions or in the breaks.
Please note: this course does not cover the use of computer software programmes to assist qualitative data analysis. See events run by the CAQDAS networking project at the University of Surrey for training on specific CAQDAS packages.
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the nature of qualitative data and different approaches to qualitative analysis
- Develop and apply a coding system to data, both to produce an index and to support analytical development
- Reflect on what constitutes good practice and validity/trustworthiness in qualitative data analysis
- Apply the principles discussed in the sessions to the practical analysis of provided examples of qualitative data
- Understand ethical aspects of qualitative data analysis.
- The nature of qualitative data
- Different approaches to analysing qualitative data
- Applying the principles of grounded theory
- Developing codes and moving between levels of code
- Working with coded segments of data to develop analysis
- Practical exercises in pairs and small groups
- Framework analysis and ‘validity’ in qualitative analysis.
Learning and teaching methods
- Guided exercises
- Independent group exercise.
Senior Lecturer in Health & Social Care, University of Winchester
Sarah Earthy has over 20 years’ experience in social research and teaching social research methods. Her research interests are in the sociology of health and illness, recovery from illness and injury, community, and social exclusion and disadvantage.
No prior knowledge is necessary.
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Price per person:
£310Education and charitable sector applicants
£435Government and commercial sector applicants
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