Document Analysis

O'Connor, Jane (2019) Document Analysis. In: Practical Research Methods in Education: An Early Researcher's Critical Guide. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780815393566

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This chapter examines use of document analysis as a research tool for exploring dominant but often hidden textual discourses relating to education and social equality. It first considers definition and uses of this approach as part of wider critical analysis of texts, images and speech acts, known as discourse analysis. Drawing on the author’s own published research, which investigated how ideologies around ‘gifted and talented’ children were manifest in British newspaper articles, the chapter examines sampling, use of online search terms and data saturation. Ethical questions about informed consent to use material are also considered. In reflecting on data analysis and findings, issues relating to coding and identification of themes, frequencies of words and phrases, and differences in emerging outlooks are scrutinized. The chapter deliberates on generalization of academic responses to institutional and cultural discourses and concludes with reasons for readers to consider using document analysis in their own research

Item Type: Book Section
11 March 2019Published
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE)
Depositing User: Jane O'connor
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2019 10:12
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:02

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