Coding of Qualitative Data
Select at least five of your classmates’ Introduction posts from the Class Café to code and analyze.
Using the strategies presented in the Smith and Firth article, code your five selected postings by removing identifying information, coding the information, and identifying specific themes. As you begin the process, keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way of coding; however, your categories and associated data should—without heavy explanation—make sense to someone unfamiliar with your research.
When you have completed coding the data, reflect on your experience of analyzing this type of data. Ask yourself: How can qualitative research methods promote evidence-based practice?
Post 1-2 pages cohesive response that addresses the following:
1. Identify the overall themes you selected from coding the posts. Justify why you chose these particular themes. Try to be as scholarly as possible and remember that researchers try to refrain from directly identifying the subjects of their qualitative studies.
2. Formulate a brief analysis and conclusion about your classmates’ Introduction posts based on the themes you identified.
3. Discuss what you gained from your experiences with coding and analyzing qualitative data and how qualitative research can promote evidence-based practice.