Dr Christina Silver
I graduated from Essex University in 1997 in Politics and Sociology, after which I came to Surrey and completed the Social Research Methods M.Sc. with distinction and obtained ESRC funded PhD comparing the development of school-based sex education in England and Wales and the Netherlands in 2002.
I've been working with the CAQDAS Networking Project (CNP) since 1998 and I now manage the project. The CNP provides platforms of debate concerning the use of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) packages. We train students and researchers in a number of CAQDAS packages, run an advisory telephone help-line, website, the 'qualitative software' electronic discussion list and develop and teach new courses. I also advise and train research teams on their use of CAQDAS software.
I have also been commissioned to carry out research projects for a number of independent organisations including a collaborative Action Research Project between East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, the Centre for the Development of Health Care Policy and Practice (CDNPP) at Leeds University and the Facilities Management Graduate Centre (FMGC) at Sheffield Hallam University.
Areas of specialism
Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
University roles and responsibilities
- Manager of the CAQDAS Networking Project
I am interested in the relationship between qualitative/mixed methodology and technology - specifically the use of dedicated CAQDAS packages, and in CAQDAS pedagogy.
Co-author of the Five-Level QDA(R) method - a CAQDAS pedagogy
Christina Silver & Jennifer Patashnick (2011) 'Finding Fidelity : Advancing Audiovisual Analysis using Software', FQS 12(1), Thematic Issue: Is Qualitative Software Really Comparable?
Silver C & Lewins A (2010) 'Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis' in Penelope Peterson, Eva Baker, Barry McGaw (Editors), International Encyclopedia of Education, Vol 6, pp 326-334. Oxford: Elsevier
Silver C & Fielding N (2008) Using Computer Packages in Qualitative Research, in Willig C & Stainton-Rogers W (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology, London, Sage Publications.
Silver C (2008) 'Participatory Approaches to Social Research' in Gilbert N (ed.) Researching Social Life, 3rd Edition, Sage Publications, London
Lewins A & Silver C (2007) Using Software in Qualitative Research : A Step-by-step Guide, Sage Publications, London
Hosie, A. & Silver C (2001) Overcoming the first hurdle: Young People and access to sexualhealth services in Scotland, England, Finland and the Netherlands. Working Paperpresented at the European Population Conference, Helsinki, 2001(www.vaestoliitto.fi/toimintayksikot/vaestontukimuslaitos/eapkonferenssi…)
O'Neill, F & Silver C (2002) 'Improving Patients' Hospital Experience: Team-working and the Integration of Non-clinical and Clinical Roles', Practice Development in Health Care Vol. 1. No. 2 pp98-103