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Week 6: February 18, 2021

Methods: interviews & focus groups
Practice: coding and tools for research

Read for Class:
  • Saldana, J. (2009). The coding manual for qualitative researchers. London: Sage. (skim through the first few chapters.)
  • Geisler, C. (2018). Coding for complexity: The interplay among methodological commitments, tools, and wrokflow in writing research. Written Communication, 35(2), 215-249. (skim through after Saldana)
  • Read this blog on saturation
  • Read interviewing and focus groups from the Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research (available online through the library)
Do for class:
  • That is following are two different datasets that are compiled but need additional work, namely the consideration of how to code the information. The first is a thinking exercise. The second is a doing exercise.
    • big research question: how is TPC performing textual/rhetorical research? what questions are they asking?  This is the last part of the data (*.xlsx) from our 5-yr analysis of research in TPC. (We have the next five years of data too….but we are still stuck on how to move forward with coding). How would you even begin to code this data in ways that may shed light on approaches to textual or rhetorical research?
    • Read through the program outcomes and the project 3 description on research summary. Think about our classroom example and crafting research questions. Now download this excel fie that has data that comes from USF Writes (F2020 3250 only)for the collective feedback file related to the research summary assignment. Write down a specific coding scheme or potential scheme using the outcomes as your primary driver and how outcomes may align with issues of transfer from 1101/1102. You would be coding the qualitative instructor comments for the description and explanation. (Ask questions if you got them.)
In class:
  • discussion of interviews and focus groups as method
    • pros and cons specific to writing studies research
  • discussion of coding and the sample data sets
    • we will spend the bulk of our time going through the example so please spend some time with the data before class so we can use our time together generatively to answer questions and probe more deeply
  • tools and techniques for coding (relates to data management and storage)
  • answer any questions about lit review assignment




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