Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hand-Coding Hardware

I was advised that sorting and memo-ing would be more easily done by hand. But I was not told as to the mechanics of that process.

After two days of trying out different things, I came to this:
  • Export codes from MaxQDA into Excel
  • Edit Excel file so that the relevant information fits onto a regular sized paper (make sure there are lines drawn between codes)
  • Print on card-stock paper (I used regular paper the first time, and found them too flimsy to handle)
  • Cut out each code into a separate strip (that's where the lines come in)

Then do the sorting/consolidating thing by asking these classic GT questions:
- What is the data a study of?
- What category does this incident indicate?
- What is actually happening in the data?
- What is the main concern being faced by the participants?
- What accounts for the continual resolving of this concern?

It was relatively easy to re-categorize them into higher level categories. (Except I'm not sure if that is what I am doing exactly.)

Then, I needed more hand-coding hardware. I took large envelopes and made little envelope strips out of them into which I inserted the various categories of codes.

I took a picture of a handful for "show and tell":

Ta dah! Clever, ne?

Well, now, I'm stuck. How do I go from my hand-coding back into software-coding? Because I still have a lot more data to code.

As they say in France, "zut alors!"


Scholar Wannabe said...

I have no clue how you ought to go from hand-coding back to software-coding.

But I still think that you ought to be proud of yourself that you figured out a way to do the hand-coding.

I also think that you ought to be confident that you'll figure how to go back to software-coding.

Why didn't someone tell us that producing original research required us to figure things out? =P

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your idea. It is a great idea actually.