Two early steps in analysing qualitative data: making summaries and using the constant comparative method

Harding, Jamie (2013) Two early steps in analysing qualitative data: making summaries and using the constant comparative method. Language of Public Adminstration and Qualitative Research, 3 (2). pp. 81-98. ISSN 2233-7415

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Abstract

Making summaries and using the constant comparative method are helpful first steps when analysing qualitative data, particularly interview data. Both are of great value because they facilitate the identification of themes. Summaries reduce the information available through a transcript and facilitate comparisons between cases. Similarly, while the constant comparative method can eventually lead to more complex analysis, in the early stages it involves a relatively straightforward process of comparing cases and identifying similarities and differences. This article discusses summaries and the constant comparative method in broad terms before demonstrating how both were used to begin to analyse interviews with lecturers at a United Kingdom university.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L300 Sociology
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
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Depositing User: Jamie Harding
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 16:08
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2016 10:25
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/12402

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