Coding Data

January 16, 2009

This kit teaches you a basic method for making sense of and organizing your research data in a clear and systematic way.

Coding is a systematic way of understanding and keeping track of research data. It allows the researcher to focus and to track certain kinds of information, leaving what is not relevant to the current research question to be dealt with later.

By labeling or extracting specific pieces of information, an investigator can begin to notice patterns in data that may seem overwhelming or disjointed. This activity also allows one to share finds with others. As scholars develop sets of codes for understanding how students learn and acquire more expert thinking behaviors, codes can overlap and be shared across disciplines.

This Kit Includes:

Methods & Collaboration: Making sense of data is partly a matter of intuition and primarily a matter of being systematic.

Originally published March 203

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