How do I analyze qualitative data? Part 2

Hi again! This week was quite busy as I continued trying to figure out how to analyze my data. As well, I received most of the transcriptions from our transcriptionist and spent the week relistening to the interviews and anonymizing the transcriptions. Just for fun, I ran a word frequency query on NVivo. Here are the most common words from the interviews (not including “like” and “yeah”).

Word Cloud 5

I met with my supervisor this week and we tried using Jiang et al. (2010) framework to code one of the interviews. This study developed this instrument to compare two different groups of pre-service teachers who taught in the same country, but in separate years (Jiang, Coffey, DeVillar, & Bryan, 2010). Later, they also used this framework for a very similar study to mine, where they interviewed and observed teachers who had taught abroad as pre-service teachers (Devillar, Devillar, & Jiang, 2012). It was the only clear framework I could find (other studies just mentioned content analysis). We tried coding using this thematic framework – it contains 9 main themes (Devillar, Devillar, & Jiang, 2012).

  1. Instructional Engagement
  2. Professional Development
  3. Instructional Assessment
  4. Emotional Preparedness
  5. Comparative Schooling Awareness
  6. Perceived Role
  7. Cultural Responsiveness
  8. Perceived Student Attributes
  9. Student Teacher Observations

My supervisor and I had coded the interview separately and obtained fairly similar results. We did notice it missed out on language learning components as I did ask questions centered around that during the interviews. Therefore, I may go through and code separately for language learning components. For now, I’ve been using this model and have started coding my data.

I have to take a 2-week break from my research as I have summer courses to complete before TAB. When I come back the plan is to finish coding my data, place it into NVivo and figure out the primary results. 

Till then!   

Devillar, A., Devillar, B. R. A., & Jiang, B. (2012). From student teaching abroad to teaching in the U .S . Classroom: Effects of global experiences on local instructional practice. Teacher Education Quarterly, (Summer).

Jiang, B., Coffey, D., DeVillar, R. A., & Bryan, S. (2010). Student teaching abroad inter-group outcomes: a comparative, country-specific analysis. Journal of International and Global Studies, 2(1), 36–56. Retrieved from

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