Using Digital Tools for Qualitative Text Analysis
This workshop introduces methods and tools for qualitative text analysis, to aid researchers in planning and undertaking analysis using digital tools designed for the purpose. We begin with an overview of traditions in text analysis, spanning the methodological spectrum. We then introduce the range of digital tools that have been designed to facilitate these approaches – focusing on the genre of tools collectively referred to as Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) packages, but also discussing tools derived from other contexts.
To bring qualitative text analysis methods to life, we then focus on strategies and tactics for implementing an analysis, focusing on common analytic activities and how they can be accomplished using software tools. This involves preparing texts for analysis, importing and organising texts, exploring content and building dictionaries, coding texts using both inductive and deductive approaches, managing interpretations through analytic note-taking, summarizing and mapping, interrogating patterns and relationships and visualising and reporting. The workshop showcases a selection of CAQDAS-packages including ATLAS.ti, Dedoose, MAXQDA, NVivo and QDA Miner.
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Understand broad methodological traditions in qualitative text analysis
- Have an overview of the range of digital tools designed to facilitate qualitative text analysis and their methodological underpinnings
- Understand the importance of analytic planning in harnessing digital tools for qualitative text analysis
- Understand how digital tools can facilitate core analytic activities involved in undertaking qualitative text analysis
- Understand the principles of making appropriate choices between digital tools for analytic purposes
- Know where to access relevant resources to support continued use of digital tools for qualitative text analysis.
- Methods for qualitative text analysis
- Digital tools designed to facilitate qualitative text analysis
- Planning a computer-assisted qualitative text analysis
- Common analytic activities in qualitative text analysis and how they are supported by digital tools
- Preparing texts for analysis
- Importing and organising texts
- Exploring content and building dictionaries
- Coding texts using inductive/deductive and auto-coding techniques
- Managing interpretations through analytic note-taking
- Summarizing and mapping
- Interrogating patterns and relationships
- Visualising and reporting.
Learning and teaching methods
This workshop is delivered online using Zoom. In order to attend you will need a computer (Mac or Windows) that has access to the internet, and a microphone (inbuilt or external). We encourage participants to share their image using a webcam to foster dialogue and interaction, but this is not a requirement.
No prior knowledge is necessary.
Fees and funding
Price per person:
£45Education and charitable sector applicants
£55Government and commercial sector applicants
Early bird fee is 20% off if booked before 1 September 2022
What these fees include
Handouts, slides, links to further resources.
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