From interview to analysis: The problems inherent in, and procedures necessary for, coding oral history testimony and associated documentation for analysis using qualitative data analysis software

Year: 1994

Author: Holbrook, Allyson, Collett, Carole, May, Jo, Moran, Doreen

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This is a working paper that will draw on the combined experiences of the research team working on the project The School, Work, and School to Work Transition Experiences of adolescents in New South Wales 1930- 54. The intention of the paper is to render visible the research process involved in a large-scale interviewing project at a critical stage in preparation for analysis.

Much has been written on sound research interviewing technique but there has been less emphasis on the transformation and translation of the data. The oral history interviewing approaches of the team will be discussed, and examples of style of interview and nature of testimony will be provided in order to illuminate the difficulties and issues involved in breaking down the very complex and multi-layered nature of the data into coding categories for analysis using NUDIST software. The procedures that were used to code the information are explained and the implications for the interpretation of the data are discussed. The project began in 1993 and expected completion date is the end of 1996.