Mr Graham R. Gibbs,
University of Huddersfield
Professor Nigel Fielding, University of Surrey
Ann Lewins, University of Surrey
Recent decades have seen a rapid increase
in the use of qualitative data analysis (QDA) methods in social
science disciplines and latterly in psychology. At the same time
there is now a wide range of computer assisted qualitative data
analysis software (CAQDAS) available. For many years, the ESRC has
supported the CAQDAS Networking Project at the University of Surrey
which has provided workshops, seminars, a helpline and other support
for CAQDAS. This project proposes to complement these activities.
Aims and objectives
1. To create and evaluate
online training support materials for qualitative researchers.
2. To integrate the online materials with other aspects of the CAQDAS
Networking Project, e.g. the inquiry/help desk, the JISCMail list
and the training workshops.
1. To establish the key learning help needed
by recent learners of CAQDAS programs and researchers new to QDA.
2. To reinforce the skills
learned at CAQDAS courses and other similar courses.
3. To provide just-in-time assistance for learners of QDA and the
4. To use the CAQDAS networking project as a means of dissemination
and delivery of the created learning materials.
The project will produce a set of online learning materials covering
both introductions to QDA and CAQDAS programs. Online materials
supporting some more advanced topics in CAQDAS use (merging, teamwork,
matrix searching, combining with quantitative data) will also be
produced. Materials will be both web pages and digital video, the
latter showing a desktop image so users can see how to undertake
actions in the software. There will also be a search mechanism so
that users can quickly find the answers they need.
There will be a formative
evaluation to establish the detailed learning needs that will be
addressed by the online resources. The materials produced will also
be evaluated as teaching materials. Groups from CAQDAS Networking
Project workshops will be introduced to the materials in the workshop
and then encouraged to use them in the weeks following. Their use
of the online system will be tracked automatically and they will
also be interviewed about their use of the material. Some of these
interviews will be carried out using email.
Web and digital video materials to
- basic QDA
- basic use of NVivo
- basic use of Nud.ist6
- basic use of Atlas.ti
- basic use of MaxQDA
- advanced use of selected CAQDAS programs
(complemented by a search
system and a bookmarking system).
Online materials will be served from the CAQDAS web site in the
first instance but the project will investigate options for their
long term siting.
Report on the learning needs of those new to CAQDAS.
Conference presentations and academic papers.