SCWK 7421 - Qualitative Data Analysis

Course Description

Building on SCWK 7411, this course focuses on working with qualitative data.  It provides an historical context for the major approaches to qualitative data analysis, and will require students to demonstrate proficiency in the use of several different approaches.  Topics covered include content analysis, historiography, the analysis of social settings, analysis of narratives and life histories, constructivism, and deconstruction.  The course will also familiarize students with current software used in qualitative data analysis.

Course Schedule

Class times will be negotiated as necessary.  The schedule below assume that the class meets daily from 9:30 A.M. to 1:00 PM.

Date Topic Readings
14 June Approach to the Course
The Questions Asked by Qualitative Researchers
Reflexive Methodology
Required: Alversson, Mats and Kaj Skoldberg, 2009. Reflexive Methodology: New Vistas for Qualitative Research (2nd Edition), Sage.
HANDOUT (required): Excerpts from Gubrium, Jaber F. and James A. Holstein. The New Language of Qualitative Method, Oxford University Press. 1997 (Available on arrival in St. John's)
15 June Reflexive Methodology, cont'd
Types of Qualitative Research Methods
Required: Liamputtong, Pranee. 2009. Qualitative Research Methods (3rd ed), Oxford University Press.
16 June Types of Qualitative Research Methods, cont'd
Discuss and conceptualize your own research plans with a view toward issues in qualitative data analysis and share resources and readings

Presentation and critical analysis of "classic" qualitative studies
Recommended: Lofland, John and Lyn Lofland. 2005. Analyzing Social Settings: A Guide to Qualitative Observation and Analysis (4th ed), Wadsworth Publishing. (Any earlier edition will also suffice) 
21 June Presentations cont'd
Unobtrusive Research / Nonreactive Measures
Required: Webb, Eugene et al. 1981. Nonreactive Measures in Social Sciences, Houghton Mifflin.
Qualitative approaches to inquiry
Required: Cresswell, John W. 2007. Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design (2nd ed), Oxford University Press.
23 June

Qualitative Approaches to Inquiry, cont'd

Optional: Rodwell, Mary K. 1998. Social Work Constructivit Research, Garland Publishing, Inc.
24 June

Guest Lecturer(s) TBA

25 June Tying up loose ends  



evaluation in the course will be based on the following items:

1)  Pre-course paper (20%)
    (Due 14 June 2010)

2)  Preparation for and participation in seminars  (15%)

3)  In-class presentation  (20%)
    (18/21 June 2010)

4)  Research Prospectus (20%)
    (Due 24 June 2010)

5)  Final course paper  (25%)
    (Due 1 August 2010)

Selected Resources on Qualitative Research

Agar, Michael. Speaking of Ethnography, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1985

Alvesson, Mats and Kaj Skoldberg.  Reflexive Methodology : New Vistas for Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2000

Atheide, David L.  Qualitative Media Analysis, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1996

Atkinson, Paul A., Amanda Jane Coffey, Sara Delamont, John Lofland, and Lyn H Lofland.  Handbook of Ethnography, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2001

Atkinson, Robert. The Life Story Interview, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1998

Bailey, Carol.  A Guide to Field Research,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1995

Barbour, Rosaline S. and Jenny Kitzinger.  Developing Focus Group Research : Politics, Theory and Practice  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1999

Bauer, Martin W. and George D. Gaskell.  Qualitative Researching with Text, Image and Sound : A Practical Handbook for Social Research, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2000

Bazeley, Patrician and Lyn Richards.  The NVivo Qualitative Project Book, Thousand Oaks: Sage.  2000

Berg, Bruce L.  Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences, Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 2001

Bloor, Michael, Jane Frankland, Michelle Thomas, and Kate Robson.  Focus Groups in Social Research,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2001

Bogdan, Robert.  Participant Observation in Organizational Settings, Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. 1972

Bogdan, Robert and Steven J. Taylor.  Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods, New York: Wiley and Sons. 1975

Boyatzis, Richard E.  Transforming Qualitative Information : Thematic Analysis and Code Development, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1998

Cassell, Catherine and Gillian Symon.  Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research : A Practical Guide, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1994

Crabtree, Benjamin F. and William L. Miller.  Doing Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1992; 1999

Cresswell, John W.  Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design : Choosing Among Five Traditions,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1997

de Laine, Marlene.  Fieldwork, Participation and Practice : Ethics and  Dilemmas in Qualitative Research,  Thousand Oaks: Sage.  2000

Denzin, Norman K.  Interpretive Ethnography : Ethnographic Practices for the 21st Century,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1996

Denzin, Norman.  The Research Act, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1989

Denzin, Norman K. and Yvonna Lincoln (ed.).  Handbook of Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1994

Denzin, Norman K. and Yvonna Lincoln (ed.).  Collecting and Interpreting Qualitative Materials,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1998

Denzin, Norman K. and Yvonna Lincoln (ed.).  Strategies of Qualitative Inquiry,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1998

Denzin, Norman K. and Yvonna Lincoln (ed.).  The Landscape of Qualitative Research : Theories and Issues,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1998

Denzin, Norman K. and Yvonna Lincoln (ed.).  Handbook of Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2000

Denzin, Norman K. and Yvonna Lincoln (ed.).  The Qualitative Inquiry Reader,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2001

Douglas, Jack D.  Creative Interviewing,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1985

Emerson, Robert M. (ed.).  Contemporary Field Research: A Collection of Readings, Boston: Little Brown. 1983

Erlandson, David A., Edward L. Harris, Barbara L. Skipper, and Steve D Allen.  Doing Naturalistic Inquiry : A Guide to Methods, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1993

Fern, Edward F.  Advanced Focus Group Research,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2001

Fetterman, David M.  Ethnography : Step-by-Step,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1997

Fielding, Nigel G. and Raymond M. Lee.  Computer Analysis and Qualitative Research,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1998

Fielding, Nigel G. and Raymond M. Lee.  Using Computers in Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1991

Gahan, Celia and Mike Hannibal.  Doing Qualitative Research Using QSR NUD*IST, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1998

Garfinkel, Harold.  Studies in Ethnomethodology, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. 1967

Glaser, Barney  and Anselm L. Strauss.  The Discovery of Grounded Theory: Strategies for Qualitative Research, Chicago: Aldine. 1967

Glassner, Barry and Rosanna Hertz.  Qualitative Sociology as Everyday Life, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1999

Greenwood, Davydd James and Morten Levin.  Introduction to Action Research : Social Research for  Social Change, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1998

Gubrium, Jaber F. and David Silverman.  The Politics of Field Research : Sociology beyond  Enlightenment,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1989

Gubrium, Jaber F., & Holstein, James A.  Handbook of Interview Research: Context and Method, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 2001

Heron, John.  Co-Operative Inquiry : Research into the Human  Condition, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1995

Holliday, Adrian.  Doing and Writing Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks: Sage.  2001

Hollway, Wendy and Tony Jefferson.  Doing Qualitative Research Differently : Free Association, Narrative and the Interview Method,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2000

Huberman, A. Michael and Matthew B. Miles (ed.). The Qualitative Researcher's Companion, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2002

Jorgensen, Danny L.  Participant Observation : A Methodology for Human Studies, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1989

Josselson, Ruthellen and Amia Lieblich.  Making Meaning of Narratives,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1999

Kelle, Udo, Gerald Prein, and Katherine Bird (ed.). Computer-Aided Qualitative Data Analysis, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1995

Kirby, Sandra and Kate McKenna.  Experience Research Social Change: Methods from the Margins, Toronto: Garamond. 1989

Kirk, Jerome and Marc L. Miller.  Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Research,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1985

Krueger, Richard A. and Mary Anne Casey.  Focus Groups : A Practical Guide for Applied Research, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2000

Kvale, Steinar.  InterViews : An Introduction to Qualitative Research Interviewing, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1996

Lieblich, Amia, Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, and Tamar Zilber. Narrative Research : Reading, Analysis, and Interpretation,   Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1998

Lincoln, Yvonne S. and Egon G. Guba.  Naturalistic Inquiry, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1985

Lofland, John A.  Doing Social Life: The Qualitative Study of Human Interaction in Natural Settings, New York: Wiley and Sons. 1976

Mann, Chris and Fiona Stewart.  Internet Communication and Qualitative Research : A Handbook for Researching Online, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2000

Marshall, Catherine, & Rossman, Gretchen B. Designing Qualitative Research (3rd Ed.), Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. 1999

Martin, Ruth R.  Oral History in Social Work : Research, Assessment, and Intervention,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1995

Maxwell, Joseph A.  Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1996

McCracken, Grant.  The Long Interview,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1988

Miles, Matthew B. and A. Michael Huberman.  Qualitative Data Analysis : An Expanded Sourcebook,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1994

Miller, Gale and Robert Dingwall.  Context and Method in Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1997

Miller, Robert Lee.  Researching Life Stories and Family Histories,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1999

Morgan, David L.  Focus Groups as Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1996

Morgan, David L.  Successful Focus Groups : Advancing the State of the Art, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1993

Moustakas, Clark.  Phenomenological Research Methods,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1994

Noblit, George W. and R. Dwight Hare.  Meta-Ethnography : Synthesizing Qualitative Studies, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1988

Padgett, Deborah K.  Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research: Challenges and Rewards, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1998

Patton, Michael Quinn.  Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1990

Reason, Peter W. and Hilary Bardbury.  Handbook of Action Research : Participative Inquiry and Practice, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2001

Ribbens, J. & Edwards, R. (Eds.)  Feminist dilemmas in qualitative research, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1998

Richards, Lyn.  Using NVivo in Qualitative Research,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1999

Riessman, Catherine Kohler.  Narrative Analysis, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1993

Robin, Herbert J. and Irene S. Rubin.  Qualitative Interviewing: The Art of Hearing Data, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1995

Rubin, Herbert J. and Irene S. Rubin.  Qualitative Interviewing : The Art of Hearing Data, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1995

Schatzman, Leonard and Anselm L. Strauss.  Field Research: Strategies for a Natural Sociology, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. 1973

Schwartz, Howard and Jerry Jacobs.  Qualitative Sociology: A Method to the Madness, New York: Free Press. 1979

Silverman, David.  Interpreting Qualitative Data : Methods for Analysing Talk, Text and Interaction, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2001

Silverman, David.  Doing Qualitative Research : A Practical Handbook,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1999

Silverman, David.  Qualitative Research : Theory, Method and Practice,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1997

Stewart, David W. and Prm N. Shamdasani. Focus Groups : Theory and Practice,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1990

Strauss, Anselm and Juliet Corbin.  Grounded Theory in Practice,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1997

Strauss, Anselm L.  Qualitative Analysis for Social Scientists, Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press. 1987

Strauss, Anselm and Juliet Corbin.  Basics of Qualitative Research: Grounded Theory Procedures and Techniques, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1990

Strauss, Anselm and Juliet Corbin.  Basics of Qualitative Research : Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1998

Thyer, Bruce A.  The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 2001

Wax, Rosalie.  Doing Fieldwork: Warnings and Advice, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1971

Weitzman, Eben A. and Matthew B. Miles.  Computer Programs for Qualitative Data Analysis: A Software Sourcebook,Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1995

Wengraf, Tom.  Qualitative Research Interviewing : Biographic Narrative and Semi-Structured Methods,  Thousand Oaks: Sage. 2001

Wolcott, Henry F.  Transforming Qualitative Data : Description, Analysis, and Interpretation Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1994

Wolcott, Henry F.  Writing Up Qualitative Research, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1990; 2001

Yin, Robert K.  Case Study Research : Design and Methods, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1994

Yin, Robert K.  Applications of Case Study Research, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1993

Ziller, Robert.  Photographing the Self : Methods for Observing Personal Orientations, Thousand Oaks: Sage. 1990

Page prepared by Ross Klein, Ph.D.
31 January 2010