The Power of Tools in Qualitative Analysis
This primer lecture on qualitative research methods, introduces a few of the ‘tools of the trade’ that qualitative researchers can use to move from data to findings and theorizing. Designed specifically to focus on developing research skills, this course delves into the various analytic and display tools that help us to emerge findings and contributions as we work with vast qualitative datasets. In particular, we introduce the following tools: thick description, critical events, recurring topics, sensitizing concepts, vignettes, composite narratives and visualization. As we discuss these tools, we consider the role in various parts of the research process and how they tools may help us more rigorously move from raw data to theory.