Coding Qualitative Data

Key points

  • This seminar teaches the key concepts shaping the process of coding qualitative data
  • You will learn, and put into practice, notions such as meaning units, coding units, descriptive, interpretive and pattern codes and coding scheme management with sample / your own data
  • The seminar can be taken as a standalone unit or combined with another seminar, or any of the method courses or an NVivo course.
Coding Qualitative Data introduces participants to key concepts and approaches to coding qualitative data in the form of texts, audio recordings, video recordings, pictures, artefacts or social media data. In qualitative research, coding is what a researcher does when they assign labels to segments of data, thereby progressively making a large volume of unstructured material more manageable. Although this may sound like a straightforward task, coding data implies decisions about methodology that are influenced by one’s epistemological stance, the nature of the data and the type of analysis to be conducted. These are just some of the reasons why a given coding approach may be suitable for one study but inappropriate for another. In this seminar, we explore the key concepts shaping how qualitative data are coded. We then examine the notions of meaning units, coding units, codes, codebook, code types and coding scheme types — all illustrated with case studies. In the second half of the seminar, participants develop a coding protocol for their own research. We conclude with a discussion of good practices for reporting the coding process in research reports and articles.

This is an introductory course on qualitative data analysis. Although no previous knowledge of qualitative data analysis is required, participants should have some familiarity with qualitative research.

Half-day from 9:00 to 13:00 or full-day from 9:00 to 17:00.

This course is taught by invitation only in universities, research centres or institutions.

Teaching methods
Lectures with guided exercises in which participants work on their own data or sample data.

Please email me for information on fees.

Combining seminars
This seminar is the first of a series of four seminars that also includes Foundations to Qualitative Data Analysis, Seeking Patterns in Qualitative Data and Presenting Qualitative Findings. The seminar can be taken alone or in conjunction with the other related seminars. It can also be taught before, after or simultaneously with the Introduction to NVivo or Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo courses.

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As a freelance methodologist, I train social scientists and humanitarian practitioners in qualitative analysis, decolonising research and participatory methodologies. I coach research teams, teach doctoral-level courses in method schools and I consult for humanitarian aid agencies worldwide.

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