AbstractThis exercise gives students a very brief and simple but effective experience with qualitative analysis. Students will generate their own data, analyze it through a coding procedure, and draw some tentative conclusions that will provide them with an understanding of how patterns can be found in qualitative data. They will also have a chance to engage in...
- Subject Area(s):
- Qualitative Methodology
- Resource Type(s):
- Assignment, Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- Any Level
- Class Size(s):
Usage NotesThis exercise scales well with almost any class size since students will work in small groups. It is intended for introductory-level students learning about qualitative methods, but can also serve as an introduction—followed by more complex activities—for more advanced students. The exercise can be completed in about 20-30 minutes, with extra time for...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students will learn the principles of qualitative analysis
- Students will find patterns in qualitative data through coding
- Students will interpret and extrapolate meaning from coded data
- Students will carry out a complete, simple qualitative analysis, from data collection through analysis
- In groups, students will code a sample of personal belongings reducing a long list of objects into a few, meaningful categories.
- Students will answer several questions, asking them to interpret the meaning of their data in terms of the categories they developed.