Using Computers in Qualitative Research
D Randall Parker, Louisiana Tech University
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-28-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The development and increasing availability of computers and software programs to help record, sort, retrieve, and analyze data is perhaps the greatest recent change in research technology (Bogdan & Biklin, 1992) the use of computers in research design and analysis continues to be a growing phenomena. While access to mainframe and PC programs has traditionally been used to analyze quantitative data, there is a growing use of this technology in the field of qualitative research. Almost ten years ago, Brent, Scott, and Spencer (1987) reported that over 70 percent of their respondents acknowledged using computers in qualitative studies. With continuing advances in software development and Personal Computer (PC) accessibility, one can surmise that this percentage is now even higher. With these advances in technology, it is important for the researcher to be informed as to the available and appropriate uses of technology, so that the most appropriate methods may be selected (Tesch, 1990).
Parker, D.R. (1998). Using Computers in Qualitative Research. In S. McNeil, J. Price, S. Boger-Mehall, B. Robin & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1998--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 827-829). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).