Coding Qualitative Data: A Synthesis Guiding the Novice

Mai Skjøtt Linneberg, Steffen Korsgaard

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Resumé

Purpose
Qualitative research has gained in importance in the social sciences. General knowledge about qualitative data analysis, how to code qualitative data and decisions concerning related research design in the analytical process are all important for novice researchers. This article offers researchers who are new to qualitative research a thorough yet practical introduction to the vocabulary and craft of coding.

Design
Having pooled our experience in coding qualitative material and teaching students how to code, in this paper we synthesize the extensive literature on coding in the form of a hands-on review.

Findings
Our aim in this paper is to provide a thorough yet practical presentation of the vocabulary and craft of coding. We thus discuss the central choices that have to be made before, during and after coding, providing support for novices in practicing careful and enlightening coding work, and joining in the debate on practices and quality in qualitative research.

Originality/value
While much material on coding exists, it tends to be either too comprehensive or too superficial to be practically useful for the novice researcher. This paper thus focusses on the central decisions that need to be made when engaging in qualitative data coding in order to help researchers new to qualitative research engage in thorough coding in order to enhance the quality of their analyses and findings, as well as improve quantitative researchers’ understanding of qualitative coding.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftQualitative Research Journal
ISSN1448-0980
StatusAccepteret/In press - 2019

Fingeraftryk

coding
qualitative research
vocabulary
research planning
data analysis
social science
Teaching

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