Studying Academic Behavior
Let's say you're doing a study of academic behavior in college students, similar to Howard Becker's study entitled Making the Grade: The Academic Side of College Life.
As part of your research, you've collected a pile of field notes, a few photographs and twenty transcripts of interviews (audio and video files also work!).
To get started, simply import these sources into Qualrus. Then you can begin identifying themes in your data, a process called coding.
The coding process is simple: highlight the meaningful data (section of text, portion of image, etc.), click code, and assign the appropriate themes.
Qualrus clearly displays your codes (shown in different colors) right next to the text they are associated with. In this case, we coded a short paragraph with codes that identify who is speaking, the time of year, and what they said.
It's a good idea to identify a few potential codes before you begin so you have something to work with. But Qualrus is also great at helping you develop a coding scheme as you go, allowing codes to emerge from the data.
In either case, the nice thing about Qualrus is that it learns your coding patterns as you go and starts suggesting relevent codes. This makes your coding process much quicker and more consistent.
Once you have a nice collection of codes, you can organize them in the Code Editor. The graphical display helps you link codes to one another and visualize your theory.
Those are the basics, but there's a lot more built in to Qualrus to help you code quickly with a high level of reliability.
Check out Features for a more in-depth look at Qualrus' functionality.
Qualrus does all the jobs a field researcher needs done, quickly and efficiently, and then it does some things you never knew you needed until Qualrus made them possible. It does the basic chores of coding and retrieving simply and effectively. Then it gives you a lot more--tools that preserve the flexibility we prize in field research while making complex analyses easy to do. I especially like the theory building and graphic tools, the latter making it easy to find the networks we know are there but never had an efficient way of getting at. Tools based on AI and expert systems thinking take the tedium out of analysis and make it a truly exciting and interactive process.
Howard S. Becker
Sociologist, author and co-author of many classic qualitative studies
Qualrus removes the "painstaking" out of the data analysis process. I highly recommend it to my colleagues on campus...the learning curve is minimal...It is the most intelligent analysis program I have seen thus far.
Charles Dampare , Ph.D. Candidate
Admin. & Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Qualrus provides the best software to help qualitative researchers develop theory. Thanks to its unique features, Qualrus delivers great value to researchers.
Business Economics, University Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain