The physics ed research listserve is having exactly the same conversation about qualitative coding software as we were. Here is another recommended software program

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From: Rachel Scherr <[log in to unmask]>
Date: March 4, 2009 10:46:21 PM GMT-05:00
Subject: Re: Qualitative Analysis Software
Reply-To: "RPE: Researchers in Physics Education" <[log in to unmask]>

charles, the people I work with (who do a lot of qualitative analysis) use InqScribe and love it.  It's developed mostly for transcription and subtitling, but you can also code in it.  For the really high-powered coding business they use Atlas.ti.  I haven't used either, myself.


Rachel Scherr
Visiting Scholar
Learning, Media, and Interaction Group
Everyday Science and Technology Group
LIFE Center, University of Washington

Research Assistant Professor
Physics Education Research Group
Department of Physics, University of Maryland

On Mar 4, 2009, at 3:49 PM, Charles Henderson wrote:

Hi Folks,

I'm sure that ya'll have lots of opinions about qualitative analysis software.  I have not used any for many years and was not happy with the usability (NVivo) at the time.

But, I am involved in a project where several researchers will be analyzing open-ended interviews from about 20 people at three different sites.  So, I think this is the kind of project that these software packages are ideal for.  But, which one to get?

The three products that we are currently investigating are NVivo, Ethnograph, and HyperResearch.  I'd be interested in any thoughts about these or others.  Ease of use and the ability to collaborate between several researchers are important considerations.


Julie Libarkin
Assistant Professor, Director - Geocognition Research Lab
Dept. of Geological Sciences & Division of Science and Math Education
Michigan State University
206 Natural Science
East Lansing, MI 48824