How to analyse Qualitative Data in different ways?


The aim of this workshop is to compare and contrast different data analytical approaches used in qualitative studies.  By focusing primarily on analysing transcriptions of interview data, procedures of thematic analysis, content analysis, narrative analysis, and phenomenographic analysis will be compared with each other.   Using a ‘real’ interview data-set, the tutor will demonstrate (1) the kinds of research questions that can be addressed by each approach and (2) how each of them employs a particular theoretical orientation to the data, asks distinct types of analytical queries, and uses a specific set of techniques to answer the research questions.  Participants will be able to handle different types transcriptions created for each approach and use extracts from the data set for analysis so that the typical steps of these approaches are indicated.

The workshop will examine:

The nature of qualitative data

Different approaches to analysing qualitative data

Introduction to the four approaches selected (TA, CA, NA, and Phenomenographic analysis)

Familiarising the interview data-set prepared for the work

Applying the four approaches – the Nuts & Bolts of analysing data

Writing up the analysis in a qualitative dissertation

Where to go if one wants to know more about the approaches

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain A of the Vitae Framework: Knowledge and intellectual abilities which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • A1: Knowledge base
  • A2: Cognitive abilities
  • A3: Creativity
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework