Friday, July 9, 2010


"Data analysis in qualitative research is a process of categorization, description and synthesis.  Data reduction is necessary for the description and interpretation of the phenomenon under study."


  • coding is the process of organizing data and obtaining data reduction
  • it is the process by which researchers "see what they have in the data"
  • the researcher needs to determine an appropriate category system to organize the data
  • any rational system of codes that benefit the research can be used
  • setting or context codes are usually very useful
  • the subject's perception codes are also commonly used.
  • process codes, which focus on the sequence of events and how change occurs, are also useful