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!"