Qualitative Data Analysis Review & Report
Research Team Exercise part 1 (Individual Review)
Quantitative data: is information about quantities.
Qualitative data: is information about qualities.
Overview of Assignment
In Social Work research we use qualitative data and analysis methods to provide a deeper understanding of the behavior, experiences, and functioning of humans. These methods include collecting, reviewing, and coding responses to open-ended questions. In this exercise, you and your research team, will practice these methods.
The assignment’s objective is for to successfully conduct a qualitative data analysis report.
Part 1 – Individual Review & Report
Just as a research in the field would, you will receive responses from a survey. You need to read through them and define categories for them.
Part 2 – Team Review & Report
Then you will share your results and address the research questions in part 2 together.
Part 1 – Individual Review
On the next page you will find the survey responses from 120 teachers who were asked the question, “What major factors led you into teaching?”.
Your task is to read over the responses (in Table 2) and determine the factors that seem to predominate and that can be put or coded into categories.
• What main reasons did the teachers give to how they were led to teaching?
• Determine the factors that seem to predominate. Look closely at related wordings from several responses.
a) Create 5 category names that summarize the main responses.
b) Write the category number for each response in the 2nd column of Table 2. Note: Sometimes respondents will mention more than one factor. You will need to decide how to handle that.
c) Next, count the number of responses in each category
d) and calculate the percent. Type the number and percentage in Table 1.
Table 1: Category Name and Number & Percentage for each category
a) Category Name c) Number of Responses d) Percentage of Responses
Table 2: Survey Responses – Number and Open-ended Responses to Question
Respondent Number and Answer to Question:
What major factors led you into teaching? b) Category
1 I felt I could make a difference in children’s’ lives and teach them effectively.
2 Coaching, summer vacation, my love of working with kids
3 I decided to go into teaching for several reasons. I love children, I feel I have a natural gift to teach children, and it’s a great job for moms with children at home because of the schedule.
4 My husband died when I was 35 years old. I was content with staying at home and raising our son. I realized I needed to do something with my life. Going to school allowed me to be at home when my son was there. Also, I saw how he was judged by coming from
5 Helping kids, teaching science.
6 Love kids, always babysat
7 The fervor that my high school band director had for teaching motivated me most.
8 I enjoyed teaching swim lessons while in high school to preschoolers. I ended up teaching middle school when I discovered I didn’t have the talent to teach the same students all day.
9 Actually the very good and the very bad teachers I had were factors that led me into teaching. Another major factor was that I truly enjoyed high school.
10 I enjoy the learning process. I also like working with kids and wasn’t ready for the business world.
11 My lover of music and the desire to show others the joy music can bring. I also enjoyed working with children.
12 The need for employment. My original bachelor’s is chemistry. With no job prospects available in the field, teaching seemed a good place to be (funny how destiny works).
13 A teacher I had in school, the subject area, and I come from a long line of teachers.
14 I participated as a peer tutor in high school with students with disabilities and enjoyed it. The teacher for the class was a positive role model. I have always liked working with children so it made sense.
15 My desire to help and guide children, along with my love for children led me into teaching.
16 Being able to explain mathematical concepts to others easily.
17 I like working with people, especially kids. I like having an impact on the future of our world. I am well rounded; I knew teaching involves many facets of other careers.
18 Love of reading, summer off, father is a high school administrator, enjoy being around kids.
19 Love of kids and content area, enjoy social dynamics of the classroom setting
20 A need/want to help others, love of learning and for children, helping create that lightbulb over someone’s head when they finally get it.
21 I love the working with children. I love the language (ASL).
22 Ability to impact lives, make a difference, improve lives, also fondness of subject.
23 Most of the teachers I had in school went out of their way to help me do good in school.
24 I wasn’t happy interviewing for and planning to be in various kinds of sales. It didn’t offer any intrinsic values. I hung out in Bloomington trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my BA in journalism and my business minor. I started training the s
25 Desire to work with kids, amount of business classes taken prior to choosing education, school calendar – time with own children, same schedule.
26 Summers off important when raising family, dealing with children
27 I love to instruct. Weekends, holidays with my family. I was a nurse for 10 years before I became a teacher.
28 High school teacher
29 The ability to work with other people was one of my strengths as a person.
30 Family background, desire to help kids, coaching
31 My parents – they were both teachers, love of children, I thought teaching looked like it would be a fun and enjoyable career.
32 Learning new things is my passion.
33 Hours – Summer off – vacations with my children are the same. Also, love working with children.
34 The students. Making an impact in young peoples’ lives.
35 Making a difference in children’s lives. The ability to be with my children as they grow. My love for children.
36 Wanted to make a difference. My mom was an excellent master teacher and example.
37 I enjoyed teaching kids and helping them learn new things. I always enjoyed my subject area, and saw that my teacher enjoyed it.
38 One of my teachers told me I’d make a good teacher.
39 The opportunity to administer to children in a positive manner. Juvenile justice always had me dealing with bad children, and I
wanted to see if the world had well-behaved kids.
40 The teachers in my life. My parents also encouraged me.
41 Wanting to help kids.
42 I felt it would be a service to people. I wanted my work hours to coincide fairly closely with my children’s school hours.
43 Being able to help children, watching them learn, watching them grow, the hours, the yearly schedule.
44 I wanted to be able to help other children learn including my own.
45 I wanted to make a positive impact on kids
46 Some teachers who pushed me to be more than what I thought was capable.
47 I loved working with children and everyone always told me I would be a good teacher so I decided to try it.
48 The thought that I could help children better their lives.
49 Ability to influence and make a difference to children, time off.
50 I was working at a playground and found I enjoyed being with children far more than the courses I was taking to prepare for nursing.
51 I wanted to have a job where I would feel like I was impacting others.
52 My aunt was an inspiration to me. She taught 50 years. I admired one of my English teachers in high school who had a gift with students. In the early 1970s there was a need for teachers. I enjoyed working with children and my reading college professor Sai.
53 Love of children and their excitement when learning. Wanting to share my love of reading with others.
54 Chance to work with kids. Opportunity to work in field of math and science and teach kids.
55 Desire to inspire children.
56 Babysitting, youth group, young children, calendar
57 Job burn out in retail management. Dissatisfaction with long hours, little vacation time.
58 The satisfaction of seeing children being excited about learning new ideas/concepts.
59 I had some wonderful, talented teachers as well as some apathetic, terrible teachers. I knew I could be better than some I had, and I wanted to make people feel good and confident like the talented teachers I had.
60 I love being with children. I have always enjoyed helping others.
61 Educators in my family. Excellent teachers.
62 I am good at making complicated topics simple to understand.
63 My love for math and problem solving. My interest in making a change in children’s lives. Convenience of work while my children were in school. Work schedule with my own children. Desire to help students make a positive attitude change about math.
64 My love for “special needs” students and the rewards that are far and few between but are so great when they happen. All these things I felt as a [para?] and as an older adult I knew then that I had to get my degree.
65 My mother owned a home day care for many years. I saw the impact she made on the lives of the children in her care. I also know that one day I wanted to have children of my own and teaching was a profession where I could make an impact and spend quality t
66 My teachers that I had going through school led me into teaching. I had several good teachers throughout my schooling experiences
67 My experiences and relationships with my teachers encouraged me a great deal.
68 The environment of being around kids – entertaining them. The time off. The lack of a “business world” atmosphere.
69 Previous jobs (aide at a junior high school)
70 I think there is something very special about being able to watch a child grow in knowledge. I am amazed at young minds. I’ve always had a positive attitude towards school and I wanted to be a part of the process.
71 No written comments
72 Knowing that I wanted a family and not wanting to be away from my own children. Helping make a difference in the lives of less fortunate kids.
73 The poor quality of education that my children received. I just knew I could do better. A love of teaching. A love of children.
74 The opportunity to make a difference. The life style it affords.
75 I am the oldest of five children. I love working with kids and watching them learn (I always have). Also, my mom began teaching when I was in middle school.
76 I enjoy working with young people and my mother and father were both teachers.
77 No written comments
78 Musical talent, love for kids.
79 Influence of teachers at all educational levels.
80 Father was an educator. Always loved school and learning. Constant change in activities. Love people. High energy level.
81 I enjoy working with students.
82 A college mentor
83 Family history of teachers. Level of incompetence of a former college professor.
84 Well respected career. Coaching.
85 Love of sports. Like kids. Time off in summer.
86 I love kids. I love learning new things.
87 No written comments
88 My past elementary teachers.
89 I enjoyed working with young kids. I felt I was a good leader and teacher. I am not concerned about money.
90 I love children. Always found myself “teaching others.” Idolized my teachers. Liked the idea of time off during holidays and summers.
91 My love for children and English (writing and literature).
92 Working with kids. Enjoyed biology.
93 Being able to make a positive impact on students’ lives.
94 The teacher I was working with in 1986.
95 Desire to have a positive impact on middle school students.
96 Acid rain, coaching football.
97 I love working with kids. I like to help others, and I like to be creative.
98 Support of family, friends. Prayer.
99 Variety. Working with kids. Creativity. Flexibility.
100 The desire to be a principal and the connection with students and staff.
101 The major factor that led me into teaching was the ability to make a difference in the lives of children.
102 The need for young, creative, and enthusiastic teachers.
103 Family support of my decision. I felt comfortable in education classes and in the classrooms, I participated in.
104 No written comments
105 I enjoy being around people, I like to have a positive effect on people’s lives.
106 Love of children
107 Working with children, helping those with troubles or learning difficulties.
108 The opportunity to work with students. The time off during the year that I could use to spend with my future children.
109 Enjoyment of teaching/working with kids. Good teachers.
110 Ability to help others. My passion for learning.
111 High school math teacher, head football coach, head baseball coaches: role models
112 I have an aptitude for working with kids.
113 I thought I could make a difference.
114 I enjoy being around kids and making a difference for them.
115 Love for children, role models, positive student teaching experience.
116 Disillusionment with educational consultants, desire to “give back” to community.
117 The calendar schedule. Ability to work when my children are at school and be home with them too.
118 As I said, as a child I decided I wanted to be a teacher, but I wanted to be a good mother first. Teaching is the best fit with motherhood.
119 The idea that I could take my learned skills and apply them to successful teaching strategies.
120 I wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. I had some very good teachers while I was going through school, but I also had some very poor teachers. I felt the need to become a teacher so that I could make a difference not only in the classroom but