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Chapter Five 1999 Post-Elections Period - Leicester Research ...

Chapter Five 1999 Post-Elections Period - Leicester Research ...

67 the voluminous text

67 the voluminous text data. The three different case studies corpora were examined separately. The nature of the programme is that it enables the researcher to add categories to the analytical framework as these categories emerge in the data. This, in turn, facilitates open coding which is a basic cornerstone of this analysis. After coding is completed, the programme can then provide standard statistics for the completed coding task. It is important to note that this study was not a linguistic study. In this respect, the software did not have to be primed to pickup keywords or any linguistic feature. Indeed, the main purpose of using the software was to take advantage of its ability to manage text and its ability to enable access of data for comparative purposes at the touch of a keyboard button. Further, the QDA Miner feature enabled the coders to code the same data on the same computer without being aware of each other‟s work. Distinct from a tool of analysis, the other reason for using computer assisted analysis was the software‟s ability to manage and organise the voluminous amount of data. The software facilitated the electronic linking of data to show relationships and comparisons or contrasts among the data. Multiple positions could be highlighted using the linking facility of QDA Miner and WordStat to enable a micro-analysis to be undertaken on related data in the corpus. The data within the study was diverse. Any of the three case studies had texts from the three sets of newspapers and parliamentary speeches from several political parties. Thus, the linking facilities proved to be a useful way of relating different text to each other. The other feature of QDA Miner and WordStat that proved useful for this study was the quick retrieval feature. The program enabled the researcher to efficiently locate particular data that were related in ways that were deemed relevant to the study. Both

68 coded and uncoded text could be retrieved within the program. Further, statistics could be generated from coded data. The third feature which proved useful for this study was the software‟s ability to enable two or more coders to code the same data on the same computer without viewing each other‟s work. Further this feature enabled the software to calculate intercoder reliability. For purposes of analysis with QDA Miner, each of the three case studies was divided into two parts. The first part consisted of all the newspaper editorials and the second part consisted of all the parliamentary speeches. This means that there were six cases which were submitted to QDA Miner for Open Coding separately (See Table 3.1 above). As noted earlier on in chapter two, the frames detected in this study are not Generic Frames. Rather, they are Issue-Sensitive or Emergent Frames. In this respect, there was no a priori setting of frames as could have been the case if the intention was to detect generic frames. Therefore, the Open Coding stage involved the identification of substantive paragraphs within the text of the editorials and parliamentary speeches. 3.2. The Data 3.2.1 Data Collection Between October 2007 and May 2008, the researcher spent time in Malawi collecting data for this study. All data could only be accessed in hard copy format as electronic copies were either unavailable or access was denied. Because the analysis was going to be accomplished through Computer-Assisted Data Analysis software, a method of scanning the data using a flatbed scanner and then using Optical Character Recognition

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