Major Assignment 2: The Analysis and Interpretation of Qualitative Data
Overview and Guidelines
The purpose of this Major Assignment is to immerse you in the qualitative research
process. The process includes hands-on opportunities for you to collect, organize,
analyze, and interpret qualitative data. This qualitative research process begins with
some items that have already been identified for you:
1. The research topic for this effort is the meaning of social change for Walden
graduate students. You have been examining videos and reading about social
change as part of the course study.
2. The knowledge you have gained plus your reflections on the meaning of social
change will form the beginning of the inquiry. That is, the research question you
will explore is What is the meaning of social change for Walden graduate
3. The description of your efforts of gathering, organizing and analyzing data will
form the basis of your methods section. And, the results of those effortsthe
analysis and interpretation of those datawill be summarized.
This Major Assignment 2 is composed of four parts, each of which will be completed
over six weeks. These parts include: Part 1: Introduction; Part 2: Role of the
Researcher; Part 3: Results; and Part 4: Trustworthiness and Summary.
Part 1: Introduction
1. Write a background statement of approximately 12 pages that includes:
a. What you have learned about social change as a social issue.
b. What you have learned about social change as a research problem. Support your
insights with academic citations from the Learning Resources.
c. Describe the gap that your study will address.
2. From the gap, create a brief purpose statement that is aligned with the following
What is the meaning of social change for Walden graduate students?
Part 2: Role of the Researcher
process, and examine your role and experience and how that is shaping your
classmate, interviewer, etc.).
(i.e., these could include doing a study within ones own work environment, conflict
of interest, or power differentials).x
Part 3: Results
During this course, you have coded your two Scholars of Change videos, you have
conducted and coded your phone interview, and you have gathered data from the
Walden social change website and any other documents or websites you might have
included. For this Part 3 of your Major Assignment 2, you will write up the results of your
findings. You will include the following sections in your write-up:
A.Data Sourcesbriefly describe each data source including location, duration of data
collection, how data were recorded, and unusual circumstances.
B. Instrumentationbriefly describe the type of instrumentation you used for your data
will be or were needed?
C. Data Analysisbased on the data sources in A., provide a detailed analysis to
include the following:
representations including categories and themes.
data using quotations as needed to emphasize their importance.
1. 1st cycledescribe, give examples.
2. 2nd cycledescribe, give examples/moving from codes to categories.
3. Identify themesprovide examples and illustrate your results with a figure or a
Part 4: Trustworthiness and Summary
D. Trustworthinesssummarize across the different data sources and respond to the
o Dependability strategies
the meaning of social change for Walden graduate students?
agent changed? Explain your reasoning.
with your interests regarding social change and why?
Saldaña, J. (2016). The coding manual for qualitative researchers (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Chapter 1, An Introduction to Codes and Coding (pp. 142) (previously read in Weeks 5, 6, and 7)
- Chapter 2, Writing Analytic Memos About Narrative and Visual Data (pp. 4365) (previously read in Weeks 5, 6, and 7)
Ravitch, S. M., & Carl, N. M. (2021). Qualitative research: Bridging the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological (2nd ed.) Sage Publications.
- Chapter 5, Methods of Data Collection (pp. 124163) (previously read in Week 7)
- Chapter 8, An Integrative Approach to Data Analysis (pp. 233252)
- Chapter 9, Methods and Processes of Data Analysis (pp. 254294)
Rubin, H. J., & Rubin, I. S. (2012). Qualitative interviewing: The art of hearing data (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
- Chapter 12, Data Analysis in the Responsive Interviewing Model (pp. 189211) (previously read in Weeks 5, 6, and 7)
- Chapter 14, Personal Reflections on Responsive Interviewing
Laureate Education (Producer). (2016). Second cycle coding [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 6 minutes.
In this media program, Dr. Susan Marcus, Core Research Faculty with the School of Psychology at Walden University, introduces second cycle coding. She discusses the purpose of reorganizing and reanalyzing data from first cycle coding. She will also demonstrate using this method.