Part A: Readings on Coding and Data Analysis
Choose only one of the following to read. Lofland et al is general guide to analyzing qualitative data, especially that one collected oneself (interviews & participant-observation). The Berg article focuses on relatively structured content analysis (coding and analysis of data you don't gather yourself, such as media, documents, etc.). However, both offer useful ways of thinking about coding and analysis that would be applicable to any qualitative project.
1) Chapter 9: “Developing Analysis” in Analyzing Social Settings: A Guide to Qualitative Observation and Analysis by John Lofland and Lyn H. Lofland. 2006. Wadsworth Publishing Company.
2) Chapter 11: "An Introduction to Content Analysis" in Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences by Bruce L. Berg. 2007. Pearson Education, Inc. (Ignore the section on Computers from 329-335.)
Berg2007ContentAnalysis-frontmaterial.pdf and Berg2007ContentAnalysis-main.pdf
Part B: In-class workshop on Data Analysis/ Coding
Everyone should bring two things to class. First, some data in hard copy, and second, a paper copy of a first pass at a coding scheme for their project.
1) Data: Everyone should bring a paper copy of some text of their primary data, 2-4 pages. For example, this could be a transcript or notes excerpted from a single interview, a few pages of a primary document that you are analyzing (court transcript, historical record, news article, movement promotional material), or a couple pages of field notes from an observation-based project.
2) Coding Scheme: This should be either one or two sides of a single sheet of paper, and can be hand-written. The exact nature of this will vary from project to project. Think about this less as trying to perfect the list of codes you would use to analyse your data, and more as a thinking tool and exercise that will help you begin to make sense of your data even before you have finished collecting it all. Feel free to write it more as a diagram than a list, or not. We will discuss the process of coding in class based on the readings and your experience starting the process, including practical Q&A. You will also work in small groups with your data and coding schemes.