Review: Janet Heaton (2004). Reworking Qualitative Data


  • Marilyn Lichtman Virginia Tech



secondary analysis, qualitative analysis, qualitative analysis as methodology


For more than a quarter of a century, researchers have systematically analyzed quantit­at­ive data from secondary data sets. Many of these data sets are widely available and researchers are encouraged to explore new questions. This widely accepted practice is being expanded to include qualitative data sets and, in this book, HEATON provides a fairly extensive review of such efforts, especially in the United Kingdom. She identifies some sixty-five studies and uses them to explore issues about procedures, ethics and epistemology. Further, she puts forth the idea that conducting qual­itative secondary analyses might become a new methodology. One interesting idea she pre­sents is that there are different characteristics of se­condary analyses, varying by function, focus, type of data and source of data. Just over 100 pages, this book will provide you with some new insights into the practice of secondary analysis. I was left, however, with wanting more than HEATON provided. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503150


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Author Biography

Marilyn Lichtman, Virginia Tech

Marilyn LICHTMAN ( retired as a professor of educational research and evaluation from Virginia Tech, Falls Church and Blacksburg, Virginia. She has taught qualitative research methods for more than a dozen years. Her book on qualitative research in education is forthcoming from Sage Publications. Her research interests involve alternative methods of teaching qualitative research. She serves on the editorial boards of FQS and The Qualitative Report. She is completing her 12th year as a docent at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, one of the oldest private art museums in the United States where she conducts tours for children and adults. In previous FQS issues Marilyn LICHTMAN reviewed "The NVivo Qualitative Project Book" ( (by BAZELEY & RICHARDS 2000) and "Visual Methodologies" ( (by ROSE 2001).




How to Cite

Lichtman, M. (2005). Review: Janet Heaton (2004). Reworking Qualitative Data. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(3).