The collection and analysis of qualitative data
Aimed at those using qualitative methods in their masters and doctoral theses, this interactive workshop considers the application of these methods to the research question, alongside the process of data collection and data analysis.
The workshop will begin by considering the characteristics of qualitative data and its value to academic enquiry. A series of case studies will also feature in this section. These will provide participants with an opportunity to explore the most appropriate methods and accompanying research design to apply in each case. Attention will then turn to methods designed to ensure the generation of high quality data.
The second part of the workshop will explore the various phases associated with data analysis. This will begin with the process of transcription and data preparation, before moving onto data organisation and interpretation, including the identification of themes and categories. Here consideration will also be given to expressing trends and tendencies, as well as recognising and working with the concepts of saturation and triangulation. There will also be an opportunity for participants to apply their learning to an excerpt from an interview transcript. Those wishing to analyse one of their own research transcripts may also do so. The workshop will conclude with a look at the tools that can be used to support the data analysis process.
By the end of the workshop participants will have gained an understanding of:
• The characteristics of qualitative data
• The value of qualitative data to academic enquiry
• Methods to ensure the quality of data collected
• The phases associated with data analysis - from transcription and data preparation, to data organisation and interpretation
• Participants will also have had an opportunity to apply their learning to the analysis of an excerpt from an interview transcript.