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Hypertext and Database Tools for Qualitative Research



This study compared and contrasted the use of hypertext and relational database knowledge representation techniques in the analysis of qualitative data. A parallel analysis of teacher interview transcripts was conducted with two computer programs: "EntryWay," a hypertext editor, and "FoxBase+/Mac," a relational database with a programming language. The analysis indicated that, while any specific data manipulation process could be conducted in either program, the inherent metaphorical structures employed by each program--textual versus graphic, across smaller chunks versus within larger segments, filter versus map--predisposed the researchers to view, manipulate, and interpret the data in specific and different ways. Descriptions of both EntryWay and FoxBase provide details on the methods they use to sort, filter, and code information. Tables include a printout of an exported file, a QMap, database fields, FoxBase filter, FoxBase file, format for teacher comments, and comments with keyword codes. (Author/DB)


Horney, M.A. & Healey, D. Hypertext and Database Tools for Qualitative Research. Retrieved January 22, 2020 from .

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