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Abstract

The learning of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) can represent a great challenge and obstacle to the adoption of these tools in support of research. Thus, it seems imperative that CAQDAS developers devise strategies and tools that stimulate and support researchers in the learning process of their applications. To this end, this study focuses on the learning preferences of CAQDAS users. A focus group was conducted with experienced CAQDAS users and an online questionnaire was administered to 232 users from 29 different countries and representing a diversity of 26 CAQDAS. The obtained data allow to infer that the users privilege the learning in context of training, but, when it comes to self-learning, they tend to opt for interactive tools and to resort to tutorial videos. These results seem to indicate that users are looking for solutions that provide them with a learning experience that is more adapted to their style and in the shortest time possible.

Keywords

Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software, CAQDAS Learning

Author Bio(s)

Fábio Freitas is a Fellow in the Doctoral Program in Multimedia Education (University of Aveiro), Master in Teaching Visual Arts (University of Aveiro) and a degree in Design (University and Aveiro). He is a Researcher in Research Center on Didactics and Technology in the Education of Trainers (CIDTFF) at the University of Aveiro. He is one of the webQDA® (www.webqda.net) software researchers and trainers, being in the moment to develop a PhD thesis related to the use of the Interaction Design in the self-learning of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS). Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: fabiomauro@ua.pt.

Jaime Ribeiro holds a PhD in Multimedia in Education from the University of Aveiro and a degree in Occupational Therapy from the School of Health Technologies of Oporto. Is a Professor at the School of Health Sciences of the Polytechnic of Leiria. Is a member of the Research Centre on Didactics and Technology in the Education of Trainers (CIDTFF), of the Portuguese Society of Rehabilitation Engineering, Assistive Technologies and Accessibility (SUPERA) and integrates the Center for Innovative Care and Health Technology (CiTechCare). His research focuses on the qualitative approach in research, health, rehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation, Functionality, disabilities, teacher training in the use of ICT in Education of Students with Special Educational Needs, Assistive Technologies, use of technologies in teaching and learning processes and ageing. Integrates national and European projects related to Rehabilitation and Education. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: jaime.ribeiro@ipleiria.pt.

Catarina Brandão is aa Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto. Member of the Center for Psychology at University of Porto (CPUP). Coordinator of the Organizational, Work and Social Psychology area of the Integrated Master course in Psychology (January 2016 - February 2019). Founder and head of the Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Unit at FPCEUP. Member of the Organizing Committee of the Iberian-American Congress on Qualitative Research (www.ciaiq.org) and the World Conference on Qualitative Research. Has published several papers and book chapters on Leadership, Human resource systems, Organizational development and Qualitative research. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: catarina@fpce.up.pt.

Carla Azevedo de Almeida has a Master´s degree in Civil Law Sciences at the Oporto University Law School and a degree in Law from the same university. In 2018 she developed a Fellowship at the Center on Didactics and Technology in the Education of Trainers (CIDTFF) of the University of Aveiro, in Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software, with the case study of webQDA® (web qualitative data analysis). She is a Lawyer registered in the Portuguese Bar Association since 2013. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: carlazevedoalmeida@gmail.com.

Francislê Neri de Souza is a Post-doctoral researcher in ICT applied to science education (2008), PhD in Science Education (2006), MSc in Computational Quantum Chemistry (1998), Graduate in Chemistry (1995). He is effective member of the Research Centre “Didactics and Technology in Teacher Education” - CIDTFF at the University of Aveiro where he also supervises MSc and PhD students in Science Education, ICT and is a lecturer in these areas. He is co-author of several software packages, such as IARS®, webQDA®, ArguQuest®, FlexQuest®, and uTRACER®. He is the founder and chief editor of the Internet Latent Corpus Journal. He is consultant and author of papers, book and book chapters. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: francisle.souza@unasp.edu.br.

António Pedro Costa holds a PhD in Education Multimedia (University of Aveiro). He is a Researcher in Research Centre on Didactics and Technology in the Education of Trainers (CIDTFF) at the University of Aveiro and collaborate. He also collaborates with the Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Laboratory (LIACC) at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto. He is one of the webQDA (www.webqda.net) software authors/researchers. He coordinates the Iberian-American Congress on Qualitative Research (www.ciaiq.org) and the World Conference on Qualitative Research (www.wcqr.info) that annually gather more than 300 researchers. Correspondence regarding this paper can also be addressed directly to: António Pedro Costa at apcosta@ua.pt.

Acknowledgements

As an epilogue, we would like to thank the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the Centre for Research “Didactics and Technology in the Training of Trainers” (CIDTFF) for the financial support granted in this study and for PhD scholarship with reference SFRH/BD/110760/2015.

Publication Date

4-19-2019

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