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Data from document texts audio video

Data from Document, Texts & Audio/Video

Qualitative Research Methods


Data from documents
Data From Documents

  • Defining

    Document: umbrella term referring to a wide range of written, visual, digital and physical material relevant to the study at hand


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Data From Documents

  • Defining

    Artifacts: “things” or objects in the environment that represent some form of communication


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Data From Documents

  • What are documents?

    Official records Letters

    Newspapers accounts Poems

    Gov’t accounts Songs

    Corporate records Diaries

    Historical accounts Photos

    Autobiographies Films

    Etc.


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Public Records:

  • The official ongoing record of a society’s activities

  • Presume that if an event happened, some record of it exists somewhere


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Public Records:

    Includes: records of births, deaths, marriages

    Police records Program docs

    Court transcripts Mass media

    Agency records Public notices

    Association manuals Etc.


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Public Records:

  • Paper trails can provide valuable information and be a stimulus for additional paths of inquiry

    - Routine records - Memos

    - Correspondences - Charts

    - Financial records - Bulletin boards

    - Org. rules/regulations


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Public Records:

  • Includes previous studies and data banks

    - relying on other’s work/interpretations of the data

    i.e., Human Relations Area Files

    http://www.yale.edu/hraf/index.html


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Personal Documents:

  • Any first-person narrative that describes an individual’s actions, experiences and beliefs

    Letters Diaries

    Scrapbooks Growth Charts

    Calendars Travel logs

    Etc.


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Personal Documents:

  • Reliable source of data concerning a person’s attitudes, beliefs and view of the world

    - highly subjective

    - only reflect the participant’s perspective


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Personal Documents:

  • Things to consider:

    1. Is the material trustworthy?

    2. Is the material atypical?

    3. Has the material been edited/refined?

    4. Does the material only contain highlights of life that are considered interesting?

    5. Keep in mind that only certain types of people keep autobiographies and/or diaries.


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Personal Documents:

  • Studies using only personal documents:

    Abramson (1992) case study of Russian Jewish emigration

    Thomas & Znaniecki (1927) Polish immigrant life


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Popular Culture Documents:

  • Materials designed to entertain, inform, and persuade the public

  • Can be categorized as public record


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Popular Culture Documents:

  • Includes popular media forms:

    Television Film

    Radio Newspaper

    Literary works Photography

    Cartoons Internet

    Etc.


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Popular Culture Documents:

  • Materials designed to entertain, inform, and persuade the public

  • Can be categorized as public record


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Popular Culture Documents:

  • Materials designed to entertain, inform, and persuade the public

  • Can be categorized as public record


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Popular Culture Documents:

  • Includes popular media forms:

    Television Film

    Radio Newspaper

    Literary works Photography

    Cartoons Internet

    Etc.


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Popular Culture Documents:

  • Materials designed to entertain, inform, and persuade the public

  • Can be categorized as public record

    TV Radio Magazines

    Film Internet Newspapers

    Photos Cartoons Etc.


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Popular Culture Documents:

  • Mass communication materials are good for tracking certain cultural changes and trends

    i.e., ageism in cartoons, U.S. presidential debates, teenage culture in movies

  • Focus on one event/program


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Popular Culture Documents:

  • Mass communication materials are good for tracking certain cultural changes and trends

    i.e., ageism in cartoons, U.S. presidential debates, teenage culture in movies

  • Focus on one event/program


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Visual Documents:

  • Growing interest on the use of and analyzing of visual data

  • Can be classified as the other types of documents mentioned


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Visual Documents:

  • Film and photography has been used in anthropological studies since the early 1900s

    1. Gained wide use in the 1990s

    2. Captures events/activities as they happen

    3. Only limited by what you can imagine and what the camera can capture


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Visual Documents:

  • Film and photography

    4. Can be costly and intrusive

    5. Can use what already exists or create new


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Physical Material/Artifacts:

  • Physical objects found within the study setting

    i.e., The UA garbage study

    Physical Trace: changes in the physical setting brought about by activities of people in that setting

    i.e., Children’s interest in Christmas and Racial attitudes on campus, libraries and reading habits


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Physical Material/Artifacts:

    Advantages:

    1. Record the results of actual behavior

    2. Usually nonreactive and unobtrusive

    - applied after behavior has occurred

    3. Ubiquitous and readily available

    4. Usually applied to inanimate objects


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Physical Material/Artifacts:

    Advantages:

    5. Interrelated behaviors can be studied at once

    6. Can be used over long periods

    - minimal inconvenience and expense


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    The Internet:

    1. Provides numerous references

    - widens the scope of data available

    2. Supports interaction between groups of people via various CMC

    3. Not everyone has access to a computer


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    The Internet:

  • The quantity of information is no guarantee for comprehensiveness/substance

    5. Each form of CMC has its own impact on the information it transmits/is received

    6. Writing skills and computer literacy impact group interaction


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    The Internet:

  • Discrepancies between real and online personalities

  • Here today, gone tomorrow

    ****Results are strongly influenced by the characteristics of the data revealed, concealed, or altered because the CMC


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Researcher-Generated Documents:

  • Documents prepared by the researcher or for the researcher by participants after the study has begun

  • Provides insight into the situation, person, or event being studied


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Data From Documents

  • Types of Documents

    Researcher-Generated Documents:

  • Includes:

    Diaries Logs

    Life histories Photos

    Quantitative data Etc.


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Data From Documents

  • Using Document in Qual Research

  • Not much different than using any other kind of data

    - Data collection is guided by questions, educated hunches, and emerging findings


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Data From Documents

  • Using Document in Qual Research

  • Researcher must keep an open mind

    - Possibilities are limitless

  • The authenticity of documents must be verified before use

    - Also the condition in which it was produced should be discovered


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Data From Documents

  • Using Document in Qual Research

    Questions to consider:

  • What is the history of the document?

  • How was it acquired by the researcher?

  • Is there any guarantee with the document?

  • Has it been tampered with or altered?

  • Under what circumstances and for what purposes was it produced?


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Data From Documents

  • Using Document in Qual Research

    Questions to consider:

  • Who’s the author? What were they trying to accomplish with the document?

  • What were the author’s sources of information?

    - eyewitness acct - reconstruction

    -secondhand acct - interpretation


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Data From Documents

  • Using Document in Qual Research

    Questions to consider:

  • What was/is the author’s bias?

  • To what extent was the writer likely to want to tell the truth?

  • Do other documents exist that might shed additional light on the subject? If so, who has them/where are they?

  • Primary or secondary source?


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Data From Documents

  • Using Document in Qual Research

  • A coding and or cataloging system must be developed by the researcher

    - copy written documents if possible

    - photograph or videotape artifacts

    - qualitative content analysis


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Data From Documents

  • Strengths and Limitations

    Limitations:

    1.Documents are not typically developed for research

    - may be incomplete

    - may not be in a form that makes sense to the researcher

    2. Authenticity must be confirmed


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Data From Documents

  • Strengths and Limitations

    Strengths:

  • May be the best source of data on a particular topic

  • Can be used in the same manner as interviews or observations

    - descriptions - verify emerging hypothesis

    - advance new hypothesis/categories

    - offer historical understanding - track changes


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Data From Documents

  • Strengths and Limitations

    Strengths:

    3. Stable

    4. More objective than other types of data

    5. Unobtrusive


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Data From Documents

Using video for research blog:

  • http://www.methodspace.com/profiles/blogs/using-video-for-research


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