Data Analysis: Thematic Analysis and Presentation of Results QUALI wk9

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Discussion: Coding, Categories, and Themes

Qualitative researchers approach data collection with an appreciation of the data sources (the participants, documents, etc.) as the key to understanding the phenomenon of interest. The same is true for data analysis. The researcher chooses an approach or approaches in order to systematically move through the words and images to identify codes, categories and themes that will reflect the sources’ experience.

A code is a word or short phrase that assigns an attribute, idea, or quality to a portion of text or visual data.

A category is a collection of these codes that share attributes, meaning, and/or intent. It is also labeled with a word or short phrase.

A theme is developed from one or more categories and can represent a “manifest” (directly observable) or “latent” (underlying) aspect of the phenomenon.

For this Discussion, you will examine coding, categories, and themes in your qualitative data you previously collected.

To prepare for this Discussion:

Review Chapter 8 of the Ravitch and Carl text and Chapter 12 of the Rubin and Rubin text and consider the differences in coding, categories, and themes.

Use the Course Guide and Assignment Help found in this week’s Learning Resources to search for books, encyclopedias and articles related to coding, categories, and themes in qualitative research.

Review your coding of your phone interview transcript. Identify two or more codes that could be grouped into a category. Next, identify samples of text you chose to define the codes.

Do the same for one of the Scholars of Change videos that you coded.

Consider if you can detect a theme emerging from your data analysis process. If you can identify a theme, name and describe it. If you cannot, consider why this is the case.

Write an explanation of the differences between codes, categories, and themes. Provide examples from your work. Use your Learning Resources and the article you found to support your explanation.

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School: UC Berkeley


Interviewer: Hi. Thank you very much for helping me practice my interview skills. As you
know, the purpose of this interview is to talk about what social change means to you as a Walden
student. This should last about 10 minutes. After the interview, I will be examining your answers
to practice data analysis, and some of your answers will be shared with my Instructor and
classmates. However, I will not identify you in my documents, and no one will be able to
identify you with your answers. You can choose to stop this interview at any time. Also, I need
to let you know that this interview will be recorded for transcription purposes. Do you have any
Interviewee: I don’t have any question at the moment.
Interviewer: Are you ready to begin?
Interviewee: Yes I am ready to begin.
Interviewer: Can you tell me what program you are in at Walden?
Interviewee: I am taking a Masters in Psychology and Counseling.
Interviewer: What year did you start?
Interviewee: I started my masters in 2018.
Interviewer: Was working for social change important to you before you came to Walden?
Interviewee: Yes. Working for social change has always been important to me. Before joining
Walden University I always wanted to be a counselor to help improve the lives of people in the
society. Many social issues that require counseling affect people in my community and I have
always wanted to help the people. I think it is great to have a positive impact on the lives of
Interviewer: Can you give me an example of what you did?
Interviewee: I have been involved in several initiatives that were implemented with the aim of
creating positive social change. I have worked with other people in cleaning the environment. I
have also taken part in marches that were organized to promote the equality of all people. Taking
part in activities whose aim is to better the society is very important and should be encouraged.
Interviewer: Was the social change mission important to you in making your choice to come to
Interviewee: I did not know much about Walden University’s emphasis on social change and
therefore the social change mission did not factor in my decision to join the university. I came to

learn about the mission after joining the university. The education on social change will help me
make better use of my skills in counseling and psychology to help people in the society.
Interviewer: Please describe how it was important/not important to you.
Interviewee: The social change mission was not very important to me in making my decision to
join Walden University as I did not know much about the mission. If, however, I knew much
about it, it would have been very important to my decision making.
Interviewer: From...

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