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Volume 11 Issue 2 (December 2017)

Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis: A Descriptive Content Analysis (2011 – 2016)

Melike YAKUT ÇAYIR, Mustafa Tuncay SARITAŞ


Qualitative data analysis process is an exhausting process that requires time, intensive, and meticulous study. The use of computer software in this process provide significant benefits in organizing data collected by various methods, dividing them into categories, developing themes, and providing a research report. The purpose of this study is to examine qualitative research studies that use a computer software for data analysis and determine their tendencies. One method to understand computer-assisted qualitative data analysis beyond a simple definition is to examine the published articles in academic journals. Within this scope, 688 articles published in the SSCI index were analyzed according to computer usage in qualitative data analysis and it was aimed to determine the general tendency by different variables. A computer-assisted qualitative data analysis was carried out using Atlas.ti software in 28 of the 688 articles examined. Only 28 of those were coded as the ones that conduct computer-aided qualitative data analysis. Out of 28, 14 articles utilized ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA, Nvivo and HyperRESEARCH as data analysis software designed to enable researchers to develop coding schemes, notions and theories.

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