Sociology 3307F/G Lecture Notes - Grounded Theory, Qualitative Research

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Since coding is an important and sometime most difficult phase of qualitative data analysis. Several examples will be provided to illustrate how coding is done. However, the coding methods shown are not the only way to go about coding qualitative data ad there are several methods. Coding is the process of examining the raw qualitative data (which will be in the form of words, phrases, sentences or paragraphs) and assigning codes or labels. Strauss and corbin (1990) identified the following types of coding: axial coding and open. For example, you circle words or phrases describing violent criminal victimization (ex. Axial coding eventually, you have a large number of codes and you will find it necessary to sort them into some sort of order or into groups and this is called axial coding. Two common types of axial coding are: non-hierarchical or hierarchical.

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