The qualitative research methodology of phenomenography has traditionally required a manual sorting and analysis of interview data. In this paper I explore a potential means of streamlining this procedure by considering a computer aided process not previously reported upon. Two methods of lexicological analysis, manual and automatic, were examined from a phenomenographical perspective and compared. It was found that the computer aided process - Leximancer - was a valid investigative tool for use in phenomenography. Using Leximancer was more efficacious than manual operation; the researcher was able to deal with large amounts of data without bias, identify a broader span of syntactic properties, increase reliability, and facilitate reproducibility. The introduction of a computer aided methodology might also encourage other qualitative researchers to engage with phenomenography.
Qualitative Research Methodology, Phenomenography, Computer Data Analysis, and Leximancer
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Penn-Edwards, S. (2010). Computer Aided Phenomenography: The Role of Leximancer Computer Software in Phenomenographic Investigation. The Qualitative Report, 15(2), 252-267. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol15/iss2/2