# Pplication: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis

Application: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis

To arrive at useful research findings does not necessarily require sophisticated data analysis. Your Application this week, in which you will perform basic analyses of quantitative and qualitative data, asks you to consolidate your understanding of fundamental analytical activities.

Part 1: Quantitative Data Analysis

In this assignment you will plan and set up a spreadsheet in Excel, SPSS, or another database software program in order to yield some descriptive statistical values.

To begin, click on the following link to bring up the sample quantitative data table:

Review the table. Consider which of your own quantitative research questions could be usefully explored through the same descriptive statistics of median, mode, mean, and standard deviation.

Using the sample table as a model, determine four categories of data that are meaningful to your research question.

Set up your spreadsheet with your four categories as column headings, and create a table to generate the median, mode, mean, and standard deviations for each category.

Now enter some fictitious (yet plausible) data to populate the table. Check to see that the values generated seem correct.

If it is not in Excel, copy and paste this table into a Word document. Include your research question in this document.

Save this document and submit it later with the document from Part 2 of this assignment. Follow the instructions listed at the end of this assignment.

Part 2: Qualitative Data Analysis

For qualitative studies, data are often generated through participant interviews. As a critical step in this process, researchers comb through interview transcripts to detect significant words, phrases, or other behaviors of the participant. They then identify common themes. For Part 2 of your Application, you are asked to engage in this kind of data analysis of text on a small scale. As your data source, you will use text already produced by your colleagues in a Discussion forum.

Complete the following:

Click on the link below to see a sample interview transcription that has been analyzed. Significant words and phrases have been highlighted and, at the end, several themes have been identified.

Now go to the WEEK 1 Discussion IN WALDEN UNIVERSITY. Copy THREE or more substantial postings from that week and paste them into a Word document. These postings are your data source.

Analyze these data as follows:

Read through the material carefully, looking for significant units of meaning and highlighting them. Use the yellow-highlighting feature from Wordas menu bar or the underline command.

Review these significant units and identify any themes you see emerging.

At the bottom of this document list these significant units and the themes they correspond to.

Follow the instructions below for saving and submitting this document, together with the document from Part 1 of this Assignment.

Week 6 Application: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis (15 points)

THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA SHOULD BE MET

Part 1: Generate a table of quantitative statistics:
Determine four categories of data that are meaningful to your research question. (3.5 points)
Generate the median, mode, mean, and standard deviations for each category. (4 points)

Part 2: Qualitatively analyze a text:
Identify significant units of meaning. (3.5 points)
Identify themes. (4 points)

Note: Up to 2 points may be deducted for grammar, spelling, and/or APA errors.