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An introduction to qualitative research methods, the presentation of command-by-command instructions, and qualitative coding. The coding overview includes an analogy to the process of panning gold.
Time wasting mistakes can be avoided with the careful crafting of research questions, a literature review, the careful selection of the primary research method, financial budgeting, and a carefully written research plan.
Chaos and inefficiency will infuse a research project unless it is systematically organized and controlled.
Why backups are necessary and how to perform secure backups.
Includes how to prepare for interviews, select recording devices, transcribe raw data, and name transcript files files.
Transcripts, field notes, and other text-based qualitative data can be converted into Word "code documents" to bring logic and structure to the Level 1 coding process.
Access is the most powerful Microsoft Office tool for creating a qualitative code database of Level 1, 2, 3, and 4 codes. A code database expedites the coding process and greatly enhances the ability of the researcher to analyze the data and write the final report.
Excel can be used effectively as a database for Level 1, 2, 3, and 4 codes. A code database expedites the coding process and greatly enhances the ability of the researcher to analyze the data and write the final report.
Level 3 and Level 4 coding is relatively fast, fun, and rewarding. During Level 3 and 4 coding the final answers to long-sought research questions emerge.
Word includes very handy commands and techniques that can make report writing more expeditious. Also, Level 4 and Level 3 codes can be directly converted into headings and subheadings in the "conclusions" section of the report. This makes the conclusions section a pleasure to write.
Fundamental skills are discussed in this chapter for Word, Excel, and Outlook.