Collecting information, which researchers call data, is only the beginning of the research process. Once collected, the information has to be organized and thought about. Quantitative analysis uses data to provide answers which can be expressed numerically. Qualitative analysis, which this paper discusses, is more concerned with meaning. Data is a word which describes valid information that can help a researcher answer his/her question(s). It can come from many different sources:
So Now You’ve Got Some Data…
Start the analysis process by “getting to know” your data. You do this by
listening to your tapes, transcribing interviews from tape to paper, and reading
over the written transcripts.
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