An Interactive Workshop in HyperRESEARCH: Utilizing Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) in Qualitative Methods Courses

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Researchers’ use Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) has been a long debated topic in the social sciences. In spite of the many technological advances that have occurred over the past two decades, there is a lack of formal instruction as part of qualitative methods course curriculum in the Social Sciences. Through an assessment of Graduate Courses in Qualitative Research Methods offered, CADQAS is introduced to students’ in a “one-shot”, hands-off presentation more often than not, if at all.

The authors’ prior examination of the costs and benefits of CAQDAS in teaching and learning of software from the perspectives of students and instructors, also calls for a more holistic model that is grounded in students and instructors experiences. Given a disconnect between teaching, learning and practice that is cognizant of students' career trajectories, many argue that a course-based "add-and-stir" approach is not optimal. The interactive workshop on CAQDAS highlights an innovative approach to integrating software in qualitative methods coursework and offers a sampling of the many benefits to utilizing CAQDAS in Social Science Research using the software tool, HyperRESEARCH. Workshop participants' will be given the opportunity to ask questions during the presentation as well as share their own experiences using CAQDAS.

Keywords: Qualitative Research Methods, Computer-assisted Instruction, Student Centered Curriculum, Curriculum Development, CAQDAS, Pedagogy, Social Sciences, Graduate Study, Teaching, Learning, HyperRESEARCH
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber

Professor, Sociology, Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Ma, USA

Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber, PhD, is Professor of Sociology and the Director of Women’s Studies at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She has published widely on the impact of sociocultural factors on women’s body image, including her book, Am I Thin Enough Yet? The Cult of Thinness and the Commercialization of Identity (1996), which was selected as one of Choice magazine’s best academic books for 1996 . She has just published a revision to her 1996 book titled Cult of Thinness ( Oxford, 2007). She is coauthor of Working Women in America: Split Dreams(2005), which was selected as a Core Academic book. She is coeditor of Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology:An Interdisciplinary Reader (1999), Approaches to Qualitative Research:A Reader on Theory and Practice (2004), and Emergent Methods in SocialResearch (Sage, 2006). She is also coauthor of The Practice of Qualitative Research (Sage, 2006). She is editor of the Handbook of Feminist Research Theory and Praxis (Sage, 2007) which was selected as one of the Critics Choice Award winners by the American Education Studies Association. It recently awarded one of "Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2007. She is co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Emergent Methods Guilford, 2008). She is a contributor to the Handbook of Grounded Theory(Sage, 2008). She is author the upcoming, Mixed Methods for Social Researchers (forthcoming, Guilford, 2008). She is co-developer of the software program HyperRESEARCH, a computer-assisted program for analyzing qualitative data, and the new transcription tool HyperTRANSCRIBE (Go to to download a free fully-functional demo version of each of these software packages as well as a free teaching teaching edition).

Jeannette Belcher-Schepis

Graduate Student, Sociology, Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA, USA

Jeannette Belcher-Schepis is a graduate student in the Sociology department at Boston College and a Research Associate at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University on a study of Culture, Identitiy and the Economic Socialization of Children with Research Professor Lawrence Gianinno, PhD. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Boston University School of Management and an M.S. in Administration from Boston College. Jeannette is a Teaching Assistant in the Sociology Department at Tufts University for Introduction to Sociology and Mass Media as well as a workshop at Boston College on Integrating Qualitative Research Methods into the Research Process using the qualitative software tool, HyperRESEARCH.

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