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Making Sense of Qualitative Data

Making Sense of Qualitative Data
Complementary Research Strategies

March 1996 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

After a research project has been designed and the data have been gathered, what is the best way to transform the myriad varieties of data into something useful? Authors Amanda Coffey and Paul Atkinson underscore the diversity of approaches at the disposal of the qualitative researcher by using a single data set--doctoral students and faculty members in social anthropology--that they analyze using a number of techniques. User-friendly and accessible, Making Sense of Qualitative Data is not intended as a comprehensive cookbook of methods. It describes and illustrates a number of key, complementary approaches to qualitative data and offers practical advice on the many ways to analyze data, which the reader is encouraged to explore and enjoy. Practical and straightforward, with special attention paid to the possibilities in computer-aided analysis, Making Sense of Qualitative Data is an invaluable resource to students and professionals in qualitative and research methods, sociology, anthropology, communication, management, and education.

Varieties of Data and Varieties of Analysis
Concepts and Coding
Narratives and Stories
Meanings and Metaphors
Writing and Representation
Beyond the Data
Complementary Strategies of Computer-Aided Analysis

Very accessible for students to engage with research and their data

Ms Nakissa Campbell
Dept of Care and Early Years, Weston College
January 16, 2018

This book provides a useful introduction to students on how to deal with qualitative data. The book is good at explaining some of the assumptions behind different approaches toward qualitative analysis and provides clear examples.

Dr Jeremy Dixon
Dept of Social and Policy Sciences, Bath University
November 3, 2015

Extremely well written comprehensive and detailed, 'user friendly' books, suitable for postgrad or undergrad final year. Thought provoking and inspiring.

Ms Vicky du-Caine
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
September 4, 2015

Comprehensive book, very well written, covers; coding, narratives, metaphor and meaning and fundamental concepts. Highly recommended

Mr Andrew G Holmes
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
July 11, 2015

This is a very practical text which was useful in highlighting a range of approaches that are available to the qualitative researcher when analysing a data set. I would recommend this book to students embarking on a research project and needing practical assistance to transform their data collection into useful findings.

Mrs Moyra Journeaux
Nurse Education, Health and Social Services
March 8, 2012

An excellent text! The authors reach out to the reader by acknowledging the challenges and important points for consideration surrounding qualitative analysis. The book provides great examples throughout, a must read for both new and experienced qualitative researchers!

Miss Elizabeth Scholefield
School of Life Sciences, Hertfordshire University
January 10, 2012

I think this is an excellent book for understanding coding, clear with excellent examples.

Mrs Sarah Warnes
Dept of Business and Management, Colchester Institute
December 17, 2011

Coffey and Atkinson provide an easy to follow manual for those who are new to qualitative data analysis. Important issues are continually reinforced in each chapter to assist with the learning process. The use of interview transcripts helps the reader to apply the underlying theories into practice.

Mrs Susan Chambers
Nursing and Midwifery, Coventry University
July 17, 2010

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