Five-Level QDA issues & ideas
As well as our own Five-Level QDA blog Nick and Christina have contributed to other blogs, newsletters and magazines on aspects to do with the use of CAQDAS packages. In addition, there are posts and resources written by others which are related to our work that we think researchers using different CAQDAS packages may find useful. Here we collate these resources for easy access. We will update this post as additional resources come to our attention relate to Five-Level QDA. If you know of something that should be listed here, please let us know.
Nick emphasized in his first blog post that 5LQDA is not a new or different way of doing qualitative data analysis but a method of teaching how experienced CAQDAS users unconsciously harness their chosen software. This is a critical point that I want to bring to life by sharing an eye-opening conversation with Dr. Michelle Salmona of the Institute for Mixed Methods Research.
You may be wondering what Five-Level QDA is all about. Perhaps you're thinking it's a new qualitative data analysis (QDA) approach, like discourse analysis, grounded theory or thematic analysis. It's not. Here in a nutshell is what it's all about.
TOOLS AND MINDSETS
Those of us who do QDA, whatever approach we use, all have to choose how to go about it, how to get the thoughts we have when we read data out of our heads and on to, what? Paper, a whiteboard, a set of index cards? Not likely anymore. Almost everyone uses a computer in some way, which is just another kind of tool, like highlighter pens, or scissors to cut up interview transcripts. But
Thanks again for a great session! I really can't imagine how we could have proceeded without this kind of in depth training. Now on to the real work...Jennifer Sweeney, MSLS, PhD
School of Education, University of California, Davis