Qualitative data analysis

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16 March 2011

Planning your analytic strategy.

Led by Dr Jean McAvoy and Dr Umut Erel.

Red group, 11.30am, Michael Young Building rooms 3 and 4

Blue group, 14.30pm, Michael Young Building rooms 3 and 4

Green group, 15.30pm, Michael Young Building rooms 3 and 4

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Think of the Probation review as an upgrade! i.e. make use of all the resources present within that context.

Steven Harris
14:51 on 22 March 2011

How do you choose what analytical model to use?

Steven Harris
14:53 on 22 March 2011

Think of it as joining a conversation...

Steven Harris
14:54 on 22 March 2011

You must be immersed in the data...

Steven Harris
15:06 on 22 March 2011

Uncertainty is a good state to be in...

Steven Harris
15:08 on 22 March 2011

Overall an excellent presentation, really relevant for social science researchers and very well presented. Please post the slides as soon as you are able!

Steven Harris
15:34 on 22 March 2011

A good reminder about the relationship work which needs to be done in an interview. Although we like to think about the ethics of how we use our power, this slight self-importance can distract you from actually listening to what the participant is saying. In interviews participants are going to be checking that you're still interested, checking that you're prepared to hear what might be a traumatic or personal story, and responding to the messages that your body language and awkward pauses are giving out. It's never just about formulating some perfect questions... but how much should we dwell upon this within the word-limits of a paper?


You don't need the final answers when you do the progress report, just justifications and awareness of your limitations.


You don't need to be a purist, either methodologically or theoretically, just need to understand where you sit in the academic debate.


But don't fetishise data- it is only a stand in for the “real thing” whatever we might say about there being no “real”.


Look for the deviant case- it is easy to ignore the weird and create simplicity in findings. But understanding deviance often leads to either useful understandings of either the norm, or of “superior” isolated instances.

Peter Wood
21:07 on 23 March 2011

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