I have studied years ago about Systematic Review and Qualitative Research during my master degree. You can read a diversity of material about these in the technical reports, articles and books, which explain how to conduct, how to extract data, but a little focusing about how to analyze and synthetize the data. So, the big question is: How we can analyze the qualitative data? [my question now during the PhD]
What kind of method do you prefer? What the difference about the existing methods?
I always listening my teachers saying that to conduct a qualitative research, the better methods to analyze data are Grounded Theory or Thematic Analysis. But, what is a Thematic analysis? What is a Grounded Theory?
Existing in the literature many materials about it, but for the Computer Science I recommend to read:
- Grounded Theory: Basics of Qualitative Research: Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory (Corbin and Strauss).
- Thematic Analysis: Recommended Steps for Thematic Synthesis in Software Engineering (Cruzes and Dyba, 2011), and read more in School of Psychology.
But even I reading these materials, I have other question:
Which one I should use? To answer this question, I recommend you to read some articles from this site, specifically this article: “I’m not sure whether to use grounded theory or thematic analysis – what’s the difference?”
In my opinion, to conduct a master thesis, I recomended to use a Thematic Alysis, because is less rigorous in your approach. But, to conduct a PhD thesis, I think it’s better to use a Grounded Theory (GT), because this method is use to create a theory about something.
What do you think about this? I’m waiting your opinion.