|About the book|
"Di Gregorio & Davidson provide an essential guide for qualitative researchers who wish to get to grips with the potential of software packages for handling qualitative data, research design and ethical and privacy issues ... The authors open up new ground … by integrating the discussion of qualitative data analysis software into the wider context of methodological practice. The authors' arguments and general approach are illustrated in an accessible and engaging manner through the use of detailed case studies of qualitative research using a range of software packages. A smooth read, crammed full of invaluable advice and 'best practice' guidelines and checklists…"
Derek Layder, University of Leicester, UK
This book is an essential guide for anyone using qualitative data analysis software (QDAS), particularly useful for those who want to go beyond a basic introduction to discover how to get the most out of software and how to identify the methodological issues they need to consider.
The book is organized in three parts - the first part addresses the methodological issues that need to be addressed when designing qualitative research using QDAS; the second part uses case studies to demonstrate the issues and the design framework introduced in the first part. These chapters are supported by numerous screenshots illustrating the software under discussion. The last part contains practical appendices to help readers apply the framework introduced to their own research.
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Qualitative Research Design for Software Users is a useful reference for upper level students, academics and researchers across a range of disciplines.
|About the authors|
Silvana diGregorio is a sociologist who founded SdG Associates in 1996 after 20 years in academia. She consults and runs training courses in a variety of software packages supporting qualitative analysis in the UK, Europe and USA.
Judith Davidson is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, USA. She teaches courses in qualitative research and action research.
|Table of contents|
Introduction: Starting points
Part I Principles of qualitative design
1 New foundations for qualitative research design
2 Designing and conducting qualitative research in a software environment
3 Implementation of research design
4 Research design in context: the E-Project and communities of research practice
Part II Exemplars
5 Introduction to the cases
6 The Framework for Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) of District Councils from 2006: an analysis of a consultation
7 Views of New Deal For Communities
8 Buying birth: consumption and the ideal of natural birth
9 Faculty support staff in online programs: work activities of professionals who occupy the role of faculty support staff in online education programs
10 Beyond planning a field trip: a case study of the effect a historical site’s educational resources have on the practices of four urban eighth grade social studies teachers
11 Doing what it takes: the impact of organizational issues on the Massachusetts School-Based Health Center success
12 Follow-along study
13 Microbicides Development Programme case study
Part III Implications and practical guidelines
14 Implications of using Qualitative Data Analysis Software
Appendix 1 Getting started in Qualitative Data Analysis Software
Appendix 2 Checklist for representing the research design in the software featured in this book
Appendix 3 Checklist for teams using Qualitative Data Analysis Software
Appendix 4 Glossary
Appendix 5 Resources