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Using Computers in Qualitative Research

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April 1991 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"The book offers communication researchers some of the best recent work on qualitative inquiry in the human disciplines. . . . Published by Sage, the leading publisher of qualitative research in the social sciences today. . . . [This] collection is of great value to those researchers drawn to computer assisted forms of 'data analysis.' The leading figures in this field (including authors of many of the best known programs) are represented. The strengths (retrieval, coding, locating negative cases, building theory) and limitations (endless variable analysis, analytic madness) of these methods are presented. . . . This work brings the communication scholar up-to-date on where qualitative methods are in current sociological and educational discourse." --Norman K. Denzin in Journal of Communication "The title of the book summarizes its content succinctly. Using Computers in Qualitative research pursues an important topic in social science reseach and provides an informative update on the use of computers in field research." --Social Science Computer Review "This book presents a comprehensive analysis as well as practical information about the use of computers in qualitative research. . . . [It] indulges the reader in in-depth critical discussion about theory and technical aspects of qualitative analysis through the use of existing software programs." --Rehabilitation Nursing Research "This book stands as one of the must read books for qualitative and would be qualitative researchers. . . . Using Computers in Qualitative Research deserves reading because of the important issues and themes presented." --Qualitative Health Research Computer software for the management and analysis of qualitative data--such as interviews, field notes, and documents--has only recently emerged. Written by an international group of leading experts in the field, this timely review is a comprehensive assessment of recent developments in the use of computers in qualitative research, profiling and comparing the principal programs available. The editors outline research problems that existing and forthcoming software can and cannot handle, consider whether systematic and formal techniques will change the nature of qualitative research, and consider whether the new techniques offer the prospect of achieving a generic theory of qualitative analysis. Using Computers in Qualitative Research is an invaluable resource for those already using the new programs in analysis of qualitative data and an essential tool for researchers with limited computing experience, offering sufficient background to enable readers to select programs. This informative volume will be of interest to academics, researchers and graduate students using qualitative research methods across the social sciences.
Raymond M Lee and Nigel G Fielding
Computing for Qualitative Research
 
PART ONE: USING COMPUTERS IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
Renata Tesch
Software for Qualitative Researchers
Lyn Richards and Tom Richards
The Transformation of Qualitative Method
John Davies
Automated Tools for Qualitative Research
 
PART TWO: IMPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH PRACTICE
Pat Allatt and Lynn D Benson
Computing and Qualitative Analysis
Anne V Akeroyd
Personal Information and Qualitative Research Data
John Seidel
Methods and Madness in the Application of Computer Technology to Qualitative Data Analysis
 
PART THREE: QUALITATIVE KNOWLEDGE AND COMPUTING
Michael Fischer and Anthony Finkelstein
Social Knowledge Representation
David R Heise
Event Structure Analysis
Elizabeth (Betsy) S Cordingley
The Upside and Downside of Hypertext Tools
Michael Agar
The Right Brain Strikes Back

`This book stands as one of the must-read books for qualitative and would be qualitative researchers... deserves reading because of the important issues and themes presented.' - Qualitative Health Research

`An impressive mixture of discussion and explanation which achieves its aims of being both a review and a primer.' - Systems Practice

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Nigel G. Fielding

Nigel G. Fielding, BA (Sussex) MA (Kent) PhD (LSE), is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. His interests in research methodology include mixed methods, qualitative software, interview methods, field observation, and digitally mediated fieldwork. He has authored/edited 24 books, many in research methodology, most recently the second edition of the Handbook of online research methods (SAGE, 2017, with Grant Blank and Ray Lee). More About Author

Raymond M Lee

Raymond M. Lee is an Emeritus Professor of Social Research Methods at Royal Holloway University of London. He has written extensively about a range of methodological topics. These include the problems and issues involved in research on “sensitive” topics, research in physically dangerous environments, the use of unobtrusive measures, and the role of new technologies in the research process. His current research focuses on the historical development of interviewing techniques. More About Author