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Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis
|University of Surrey|
Dr Sarah Earthy
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This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of analysing qualitative data using a thematic approach. The training will focus mainly on the analysis of transcriptions of 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 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. She is happy to address specific queries raised by course participants.
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 about different stages of analysis which provide participants with opportunities to analyse ‘real’ data. 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.
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 for training on specific CAQDAS packages.
Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
£225 Government/Commercial Sector
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Qualitative Data Handling and Data Analysis, Qualitative data Analysis
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