Qualitative Analysis : A Research Within The Criminal Justice Field

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An article, which could complement this current course, could be Using Agenda for Qualitative Data Analysis, by Terance Wolfe. The pages, which would complement the class, are pages 261 through page 274. This could be useful for the class because it goes more into details on how to use the Qualitative Analysis in the field through the use of AGENDA software. Not only can it be use to better understand the qualitative analysis, but it is another aspect of understand how to conduct a qualitative research within the Criminal Justice field. This journal has four objectives, “…briefly reviews the current state of qualitative data analysis… overview of the structure of the agenda programs… the relationship between agenda’s capabilities and the tasks of qualitative analysis… summarizes the strengths and limitations of agenda for qualitative date analysis,” (Wolfe, page 261). From the four objectives Mr. Wolfe goes into details about how there are different stages of the qualitative research, which still needs to be expanded upon for better understanding. These four objectives lead into the next half of the article, which understands what AGENDA is and evaluating the program. Mr. Wolfe states, “In evaluating AGENDA for use in qualitative data analysis, it is discussed in terms of its ability to handle the basic tasks of qualitative research as well as satisfy the criteria against which field work methods should be assessed,” (Wolfe page 264). These criteria come in the form of recording, storage, concept formation, typology construction, classification and summarization. Each these criteria are important to understanding the way to use the AGENDA software because if always research’s to plug in the data they have collected during th... ... middle of paper ... ... address a key area, which has been lagging behind in the recent years. That area is developing a system, which is easily usable for all researchers out there to use in their own research. Using Agenda for Qualitative Data Analysis, by Terance Wolfe can be used to complement this current course because it allows the reader to start to see how there are so many more different areas of research. “The development of computer-based techniques for qualitative data analysis has lagged significantly behind comparable developments for quantitative analysis,” (Wolfe, page 261). Throughout this article Mr. Wolfe is explaining how one can go about conducting a qualitative data research. This is one of the key areas of understanding how to conduct a criminal justice research in the field and Mr. Wolfe does a great job at explaining how to address the areas that are lacking.
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