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Qualitative Data Analysis: Representations of a Technology: a Comment on Coffey, Holbrook and Atkinson


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  • Nigel Fielding


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    Whether computer assisted data collection methods should be used for survey data collection is no longer an issue. Most professional research organizations, commercial, government and academic, are adopting these new methods with enthusiasm. Computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) is most prevalent, and computer assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) is rapidly gaining in popularity. Also, new forms of electronic reporting of data using computers, telephones and voice recognition technology are emerging. This paper begins with a taxonomy of current computer assisted data collection methods. It then reviews conceptual and theoretical arguments and empirical evidence on such topics as: (1) respondents and interviewer acceptance of new techniques, (2) effect of computer assisted interviewing on data quality, (3) consequences for survey costs and (4) centralized vs. decentralized deployment of CATI.

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    Article provided by Sociological Research Online in its journal Sociological Research Online.

    Volume (Year): 1 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: lf

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    Handle: RePEc:sro:srosro:1996-4-1

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    Keywords: Acceptance; CADAC; CAPI; CATI; Computer Assisted Data Collection; Costs; Data Quality; DBM; EMS; Interviewer Effect; Response Rate; Telepanel; VRE;


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    2. Garreau, Lionel, 2009. "Accéder à l'opérationnalisation d'un concept complexe au travers de la théorie enracinée : le cas du concept de sens," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/3258, Paris Dauphine University.
    3. Ezzamel, Mahmoud & Robson, Keith & Stapleton, Pam, 2012. "The logics of budgeting: Theorization and practice variation in the educational field," Accounting, Organizations and Society, Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 281-303.
    4. Lionel Garreau & Rodrigo Bandeira-De-Mello, 2008. "Possibilités et pièges liés à l'utilisation des logiciels dans le processus d'analyse au travers de la théorie enracinée," Post-Print halshs-00339851, HAL.
    5. Mary A. Malina & Hanne S.O. Nørreklit & Frank H. Selto, 2011. "Lessons learned: advantages and disadvantages of mixed method research," Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 8(1), pages 59-71, April.


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