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Chapter 19: Data Analysis in Qualitative and Mixed Research Answers to Review Questions 19.1. What is interim analysis?

Interim analysis is the cyclical process of collecting and analyzing data during a single research study. 19.2. What is memoing? Memoing is the recording of reflective notes about what you are learning from the data. 19.3. What are visual data, and how might they be analyzed? Visual data are images or data that we sense with our eyes (e.g., photographs, art, pictures, video images, nonverbal expressions). They are analyzed using one or a combination of the following three techniques: • Photo interviewing analysis—analysis is done only by the participant who examines and “analyzes” visual images. • Semiotic visual analysis—the identification and interpretation, during analysis, of the symbolic meaning of visual data. • Visual content analysis—the identification and counting of events, characteristics, or other phenomena in visual data. 19.4. Why is it important to transcribe qualitative data when possible? So that you can import the text file into a qualitative data analysis software program to facilitate data analysis. Another reason is so that you can analyze the data line-by-line. 19.5. What is the difference between segmenting and coding? Segmenting is the process of dividing data into meaningful analytical units; coding is the process of marking segments of data with symbols, descriptive words, or category names. 19.6. What is the difference between inductive and a priori codes? Inductive codes are generated by a researcher by directly examining the data; a priori codes are developed before examining the current data. 19.7. What is the difference between co-occurring and facesheet codes? Co-occurring codes are codes that partially or completely overlap; facesheet codes are codes that apply to a complete document or case. 19.8. Explain the process of enumeration. Enumeration is the process of quantifying data (frequencies, percentages, crosstabulations). • For example, you may count the number of times that a particular word occurs or you may count the number of times a category appears in your data.

2. different interviews. etc. in Table 19. Creating a hierarchical category system can be a very effective way to make sense of your data.12.g. Interpretive validity – accurately portraying the meaning given by the participants to what is being studied. 19. Internal validity – causal validity. to determine how the categories can be related to one another to find patterns in the data and to help make sense of the data.4.19. memos. 3. External validity – generalizing validity. . Descriptive validity – the factual accuracy of an account as reported by the researcher. 5. doing advanced searches using Boolean operators.2. A hierarchy by definition includes more than one level.11. drawing hierarchical category diagrams. It is done pictorially. What are the five types of validity that are of potential importance in qualitative research. 4.14. etc. These diagrams are especially helpful for showing hypothesized causal relations or relations that occur over time. How are network diagrams used in qualitative research? A network diagram is yet another way to organize categories. One example of a network diagram is shown in Figure 19. but. You can see an example in Figure 19. a hierarchical category system includes categories taken to be at more than one level. and what are their definitions? 1. Hence.10. and why can it be useful to construct hierarchical systems? A hierarchical category system not only includes categories.3 we showed how you can come up with new categories by crossing two dimensions of categories. it also puts categories into subsets.6: spatial. What are some of the capabilities of computer programs for data analysis? Segmenting. cause-effect. instead. How do qualitative researchers show relationships among categories? One way is to create a hierarchical category system which is an example of the strict inclusion form of relationship. and attribution. 19. These diagrams can be used in both qualitative and quantitative research. What is a hierarchical category system. location for action. means-end. The key is always not just to come up with an unordered list of categories.9. 19. function. sequence. In Figure 19. and what are their definitions? They are shown in the following Table 10. What are the thirteen strategies that are used to promote validity in qualitative research. 19.).. enumeration. coding.7 we showed some categories organized by time or sequence. searching for various kinds of relationships in the data (such as Spradley’s relationships shown in Table 19. drawing of network diagrams. Theoretical validity – the degree to which a theoretical explanation fits the data. 19. integrating data from multiple files (e. rationale. Many other types of relationships are given in Table 19.13. field notes.6).2 from the earlier chapter that discussed the validity of research results.

many additional strategies are used. NUD*IST (i. What are some of the leading qualitative data analysis computer programs? NVivo. (2) Monodata-multianalysis.16. quantitative analysis of quantitative data and qualitative analysis of qualitative data). data typically are analyzed using the standard techniques (i. Nonnumerical Unstructured Data Indexing Searching and Theorizing).15. (3) Multidata-monoanalysis. 19. What are some of the different strategies or procedures that are used in mixed data analysis? First.. What are the four types of analysis corresponding to the four cells in the mixed research data analysis matrix? (1) Monodata-monoanalysis. and merging data into a single data set and doing integrated analyses.19. (4) Multitype mixed analysis. .e. as a starting point. such as quantitizing. 19. and Ethnograph. qualitizing.. Second. The area of data analysis in mixed research is a rapidly growing area of development.e.15.