Reasoning with numbers

Handwerker, W. Penn & Borgatti, Stephen P. (1998) In H. R. Bernard (Ed.), Handbook of Methods in Cultural Anthropology, pp. 549-593. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press. Description: Presents a comprehensive set of techniques for representing the world through numbers and argues that there are many things to be missed when neglecting these approaches. With a focus on “answering research questions,” the authors weave this presentation into a discussion of perspective and methodological decisions from various fields.

A Guide to the Use of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) in Assessing Intervention Effects: The Promise of Multiple Methods [Brochure]

Grissmer, D. W., Subotnik, R. F., & Orland, M. (2008) American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C. Description: Presents a schematic illustration of issues and rationale in whether and how to address policy and research questions via multiple method research design.

Advanced mixed methods research design

Creswell, John W., Plano Clark, Vicki L., Gutmann, Michelle L., & Hanson, William E. (2002) Thousand Oaks: Sage Publication, In A. Tahakkori and C. Teddlie (Eds), Handbook of Mixed Methods Research Designs, pp. 209-239 Description: Describes variety of mixed methods research designs and associated analytical issues

Developing data analysis

Silverman, David (2005) Developing data analysis. In D. Silverman, Doing Qualitative Research, 2nd Edition (pp. 171-187). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Description: (for entire book) Provides a step-by-step guide to all the questions students ask when beginning their first research project. Silverman demonstrates how to learn the craft of qualitative research by applying knowledge about different methods to actual data.

Techniques to Identify Themes

W., & Bernard, H. Russell (2003)
Field Methods, 15(1): 85-109
Description: Wonderful guide to describing and identifying themes in qualitative research

Hruschka, D. J., Schwartz, D., St. John, D. C., Picone-Decaro, E., Jenkins, R. A., & Carey, J. W. (2004)

Reliability in coding open-ended data: Lessons learned from HIV behavioral research
Field Methods, 16(3): 307-331
Description: Great discussion and illustration of issues and strategy for establishing reliability in inter-rater coding

Kurasaki, Karen S. (2000)

Intercoder reliability for validating conclusions drawn from open-ended interview data
Field Methods, 12(3): 179-194
Description: Discusses procedures for developing and assessing intercoder reliability with free-flowing text.

House, Alvin E., House, Betty J., & Campbell, Martha B. (1981)

Measures of interobserver agreement: Calculation formulas and distribution effects
Journal of Behavioral Assessment, 3(1): 37-57
Description: Discusses issues, types, and calculations for inter-rater reliability

Guggenmoos-Holzmann, Irene (1996)

The meaning of Kappa: Probabilistic concepts of reliability and validity revisited
Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 49(7): 775-782
Description: Discusses issues and calculations for inter-rater reliability and its use in coding validity

Coffey, Paul A., & Atkinson, Amanda J. (1996)

Making Sense of Qualitative Data. (chs. 2-4 for coding)
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Description: Describes and illustrates a number of key, complementary approaches to qualitative data and offers practical advice on the many ways to analyze data. Practical and straightforward, with special attention paid to the possibilities in computer-aided analysis. A resource to students and professionals in qualitative and research methods, sociology, anthropology, communication, management, and educations for inter-rater reliability and its use in coding validity.


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