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Encounters with CAQDAS: Advice for Beginner Users of Computer Software for Qualitative Research
We intend this article to be predominantly for researchers who would like to use software of the CAQDAS family in their research projects. Our experience as researchers and CAQDAS instructors shows that the introduction of software into the analytic process often poses a challenge. This is true for both novice and more seasoned researchers with entrenched habits of conducting research in a traditional manner. The literature available provides few answers to the questions preoccupying inexperienced users; our aim is to close this gap by providing useful information. We discerned major problem areas for scholars who are just setting off on their journey with CAQDAS. We tackle these issues in our article by providing replies to key questions: Is CAQDAS for me? How can I effectively search for and identify a suitable program? What should I bear in mind when using CAQDAS? By pitting benefits against limitations of CAQDAS implementation, we intend to address the expectations of using software in research.
computer assisted qualitative data analysis software, CAQDAS/QDAS, qualitative research
We would like to extend our thanks to all those who joined our study and devoted their time to recount their experiences with CAQDA. We would also like to express our appreciation for fellow colleagues who have contributed to the advancement of the concept of computer analysis of qualitative data in Poland over the years. Last but not least, we would like to thank anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and indications.
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Recommended APA Citation
Niedbalski, J., & Ślęzak, I. (2022). Encounters with CAQDAS: Advice for Beginner Users of Computer Software for Qualitative Research. The Qualitative Report, 27(4), 1114-1132. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2022.4770
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