Although researchers conducting qualitative descriptive studies, ethnographies, phenomenologies, grounded theory, and narrative inquiries commonly use computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) to manage their projects and analyses, investigators conducting discursive methodologies such as discourse or conversation analysis seem to find such software packages not as useful. In our work with Recursive Frame Analysis (RFA), a systemic approach to the analysis of text and talk, we have taken a slightly different route by utilizing Microsoft® Office applications to produce and present our RFA findings. In the paper we describe RFA, explain how we use Word and PowerPoint to carry out RFA's semantic, sequential, and pragmatic analyses, and illustrate our work with some examples from a recent study.


Recursive Frame Analysis, Microsoft® Office, Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software, and Qualitative Research


The authors would like to thank Jennifer Diep and Kimberly Cronin with their help with the graphics and layout of this paper.

This paper was presented September 22, 2007, at the 8th International Interdisciplinary Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference, Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

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