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Research Methods Week 15 (?)

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Research Methods Week 15 (?) Pols 201

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Research Methods in Political Science
Adam Eckerd
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Date Created: 04/17/16
Interpretation  Qualitative data is textual o Documents o Interview transcripts o Field notes  Analysis is not left to the end o Interpreting as it is collected to ensure that meaningful is collected  Iterative interpretation of meaning  Looking at the particular words that people are using o Less concerned with one clear approach o Qualitative has a much less defined procedure  Finding Meaning o How do you make sense of the information received?  We all interpret things in different ways  Remove yourself from that situation  Try to identify people involved  Went into the community, went and talked  Had meetings until they got powerful and useful impute o Came up with plan in giving draft back, iterated it.  Created community plan, done in coordination with the community  Why wasn’t it working o Identifying the key conflict o Identify what the conflict like  Uncovering underlying themes are not aware of, the residents didn’t know why  Preliminary Analysis o Review the data  Read, listen  Memo, summarize o Create the data  Transcribe interview  Fill in gaps  Very often reading between the lines o Might be different connotations  What it meant then, what it didn’t mean o Reread field notes, more detailed  Go through process iteratively  Reading it vs identifying what the data is actually telling you  Themes o Qualitative research is about identification of themes crossing texts that are being analyzed  Step back and view the information broadly  Look at it from multiple theoretical perspectives o Identify the logic  Categorize different things in different categories  Find things that fit  Rebranded and use categories to see major themes emerging in the research o Themes can come in a variety of forms o Reflects trends in the data  Find things that cut across lots of the things you look at  Themes are purpose of the research o Exhaustive  Specific enough that you can clearly define what the theme means  Types of activities that are taken place, o Thinking only about society, how to they understand certain things  People say different thinks o Read all the stuff, put the themes down in paper  Critique o Raise questions about identified theme  Are there real evidence, or is it just your perception o See if you come up with similar themes  Are they completely different o Coding becomes software  Herse the key words  Will read through, and find every instance with the mentioning of those key words  Identify words or phrases o Go line by line that illustrates the code  During the reading, identify for tether o For description  Codes that can be used to describe situation, context  Now organize o Re read the data  By 5 or 6 th  Skim to find the important points, reduce the codes to thematic descriptions  Make sure your conclusion makes sense o Do they see the logic in why you did what you did  For your own validation  Find your own biases o The interpretations you are going to make  Step back and look as objectively as possible  Set of stories about what we understand later about human behavior


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