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Using Computer Packages in Qualitative Research

Silver, Christina and Fielding, Nigel (2008) Using Computer Packages in Qualitative Research In: Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology. Sage, London. ISBN 1412907802

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The support that information technology offers for social and behavioural science research does not simply depend on the development of computer science but on the methodological requirements and analytic practices of given disciplines. Increasing interest in computer-assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS) in psychology relates in part to changes in the professional standing of qualitative research methods. Regardless of debates over the status of qualitative methods in psychology, there are sufficient generic features in the analysis of qualitative data in the human sciences that the IT tools currently available will offer psychologists useful support for their work. While the disciplinary context in which CAQDAS originally developed was skewed somewhat to sociology, psychologists contributed to the development of these tools. This software field is somewhat distinctive in that, from the outset, development has generally been driven by academic social scientists, aided by programmers.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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Willig, C
Stainton-Rogers, W
Date : 2008
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Date Deposited : 23 Aug 2017 12:40
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 16:46

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