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The Nvivo Qualitative Project Book

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208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`A great basic book, which can be used by the novice qualitative researcher. The advice is friendly, almost folksy with clear conceptual explanation of how the program works. A very welcome contribution to this field' Martha Ann Carey, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York This book invites readers to learn how to use qualitative data analysis software in the context of doing their research project. The reader follows basic steps for creating and conducting a real project with real data, using the new-generation software package, QSR NVivo. The software tools are introduced only as needed and explained in the framework of what is being asked. The reader is the craftsperson, trialling those tools in the processes of getting started, tentative interpretation, drawing links, shaping data, and seeking and establishing explanations and theories. The NVivo Qualitative Project Book allows the researcher to work through their own project, or work with data provided from a real project. The authors draw on decades of experience of research and training researchers around the world, and take the reader through each step in a style combining informality and authority, with frequent tips and reflections on what is being done. Demonstration software is provided on the enclosed CD-ROM, with data to help create (a researcher's project) a project about researchers and researching, and with multiple stages arranged sequentially in the development of a real project. As a practical tool to help researchers understand qualitative data analysis software using NVivo, and a guide through the sometimes complex processes of doing a research project, this book will be invaluable reading for researchers and students undertaking qualitative research. Pat Bazeley provides training and consulting services in research design and data analysis through her company, Research Support. Lyn Richards is Director of Research Services at Qualitative Solutions and Research, the developers of NUD·IST and NVivo software. NVivo is distributed by Scolari, Sage Publications Software.
 
Introduction
The Book and the Software

 
 
Making a Start
 
First Coding
 
Making Data
 
Working with Data
 
Shaping Your Project
 
'Emerging' Theory?
 
Ordering Concepts
 
Moving Faster
 
Getting There
 
Preparing Data

`A great basic book, which can be used by the novice qualitative researcher. The advice is friendly, almost folksy with clear

conceptual explanation of how the program works. A very welcome contribution to this field' - Martha Ann Carey, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York


A highly recommended text that can be used by any researcher using the NVivo software for the first time. The text is easy to read and the lay-out is extremely user-friendly.

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

Considering that researchers may have many varied requirements and come to their data from diverse perspectives, it is therefore quite an accomplishment to find a book such as this that can fulfil all the requirements of explaining the use of qualitative data analysis software within the context of the readers own needs.

Bazeley and Richards offer to take the reader on a systematic journey to create and conduct a real project with the readers’ own genuine data whilst using the NVivo software package. All the relevant software tools are introduced as the journey unfolds, always with full explanations of the surrounding contexts. The authors also present an alternative journey through the software package by the use of data provided by them for the reader to use in creating an example project.

These two writers manage to combine an air of informality with an underlying authority that guides the reader through what could be an overwhelmingly complex process, but in fact the manner with which one is led through the software package allows the user to absorb all the necessary information at ones own pace. I therefore have no hesitation in recommending this as individual reading but I am uncertain how this book would fare as course material.

Mrs Anita McGowan
Humanities , Croydon College
March 21, 2011

It is an intuitive text that does not overwhelm the research student. Essential to any student using NVivo for dissertation. Will highly recommend to students

Dr Chris Mamo
Social and General, Cork Institute of Technology
June 12, 2010

Pat Bazeley

Pat Bazeley provides research training and consulting to academics, graduate students, and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and settings both locally and internationally. She has worked in community development, project consulting, and in academic research development. Pat helps researchers to design for and make sense of data generally, and to manage and analyse qualitative and mixed methods data in particular. She has published on qualitative and mixed methods analysis and on the career development and performance of researchers. More About Author

Lyn Richards

About the authorLyn Richards has a highly unusual range of relationships with qualitative research. After undergraduate training as a historian and political scientist, she moved to sociology. Her early work as a family sociologist addressed both popular and academic audiences, with a strong motivation always to make the funded research relevant to the people studied, and the qualitative analysis credible to those affected. Each of her four books in family sociology was a text at university level but also widely discussed in popular media and at community level. During her tenure as Reader and Associate Professor at La Trobe University in... More About Author

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