Analyzing and Synthesizing Data
A full exploration of qualitative and quantitative methods and analysis is beyond the scope of this text. For the exploration of qualitative analysis, we will model coding using a set of fictitious interview transcripts. We guide students as they read through the transcripts and determine the predominant features. Next, we lead them to closely examine phrases that occur in multiple responses and generate categories, striving for codes that are mutually exclusive and exhaustive. In the quantitative realm, we provide students some review and practice with the basic measures of central tendency, examples of mean, median, and mode, as well as other typical quantitative tests students might encounter and employ. Finally, we discuss triangulation of results, identifying overarching themes, and aligning discussion with research questions and the literature review.