Reporting the Results of Computer-assisted Analysis of Qualitative Research Data


  • Robert Thompson Central Queensland University



CAQDAS, HyperQual, qualitative research, analysis of qualitative data, reporting data analysis, beginning teachers, teacher appraisal


This paper focuses on the interrelationship between the mechanical and conceptual aspects of qualitative data analysis. The first part of the paper outlines the support role a computer program, HyperQual2, plays in the mechanical analysis process. The second part of the paper argues that the most important aspect of analysis in any research endeavour is conceptual in nature. It provides a "snapshot" of the in-depth analysis of one interview protocol. The metaphor "snapshot" is apt because the intention is to capture the "essence" of the analysis process. Such a focused approach is one way of reporting and making transparent the qualitative research process. It can be used as a framework so that readers of the research are better able to judge the fidelity of the results of the final analysis. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0202252


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Author Biography

Robert Thompson, Central Queensland University

Robert THOMPSON is Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) and Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Education and Creative Arts at Central Queensland University, Australia. He trained as a primary/secondary teacher in the UK and taught in England for two years before moving to Australia. He taught for ten years in a variety of schools and was Director of an Education and Professional Development Centre for five years, before taking up an appointment at CQU in 1989 as Faculty Coordinator at a regional campus. The Faculty has recently introduced a suite of new education degrees: the Bachelor of Learning Management, the Master of Learning Management and the Professional Doctorate. These replace the outdated Bachelor and Master of Education degrees. He has been involved in the development, implementation and accreditation of the new programs. His main research interest is in the appraisal of beginning teacher competence.




How to Cite

Thompson, R. (2002). Reporting the Results of Computer-assisted Analysis of Qualitative Research Data. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(2).