By now, you have reviewed research articles that utilize specific qualitative software programs. You have probably determined through your research that some programs are complicated while others are more intuitive and provide you, the researcher, with software that makes your data collection and interpretation much more intuitive and meets the need of what it is you are interested in studying from a qualitative perspective.
For qualitative software, there are key elements that help you to understand the data you collect, how to organize your data, code your data, and making sense of the rich narrative information that your participants have provided to you. If you have a small data set chances are you can do this manually. However, if you have a data set that involves pages and pages of narrative recordings and documents, more than likely a qualitative software program will be helpful to you.
Therefore, there are both advantages and disadvantages of qualitative software programs to manage and analyze your data.
Be sure to review this week’s resources carefully. You are expected to apply the information from these resources when you prepare your assignments.
All resources for this week:
Leech, N. L., & Onwuegbuzie, A. J. (2011). Beyond constant comparison qualitative data analysis: Using NVivo. http://proxy1.ncu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=pdh&AN=2011-05095-006&site=eds-live
McLafferty & Farley (2006). Analysing qualitative research data using computer software. Nurs Times. 2006 102 (24):34-6. http://www.nursingtimes.net/Journals/2013/04/10/z/k/m/060613Analysing-qualitative-research-data-using-computer-software.pdf
Rademaker, L. L., Grace, E. J., & Curda, S. K. (2012). Using Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) to re-examine traditionally analyzed data: Expanding our understanding of the data and of ourselves as scholars. http://proxy1.ncu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ978742&site=eds-live
Prepare a Presentation Comparing Software Programs
For this week’s assignment, imagine you are a new faculty member in a large university psychology department. You need to develop a PowerPoint presentation to your dean on the benefits and disadvantages of purchasing a qualitative software program by the department. You will use the topic you submitted in Week 1 as the basis for your examples in this presentation.
1. Describe the software program of interest to you.
2. Provide concrete advantages and disadvantages of using qualitative software programs in general.
3. Include information that reflects the merits and drawbacks of the particular software program that is of interest to you.
4. Include information that reflects the merits and drawbacks of manual analysis.
5. Provide a recommendation to the dean on whether or not a software program would be beneficial and effective or whether researchers in the department should use manual analysis.
Use readings from this week and Week 7.
Incorporate appropriate animations, transitions, and graphics as well as “speaker notes” for each slide. The speaker notes may be comprised of brief paragraphs or bulleted lists.
Support your presentation with at least five scholarly resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources may be included.
Length: 10-12 slides (with a separate reference slide)
Notes Length: 200-300 words for each slide
Be sure to include citations for quotations and paraphrases with references in APA format and style where appropriate. Save the file as PPT with the correct course code information.
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Course Learning Outcomes associated with this assignment:
2.0. Apply qualitative research methods to your identified research problem and evaluating research.
3.0. Evaluate common software programs used to analyze qualitative data.