Coding In-depth Semistructured Interviews: Problems of Unitization and Intercoder Reliability and Agreement

John L. Campbell, Charles Quincy, Jordan Osserman, Ove K. Pedersen

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    Many social science studies are based on coded in-depth semistructured interview transcripts. But researchers rarely report or discuss coding reliability in this work. Nor is there much literature on the subject for this type of data. This article presents a procedure for developing coding schemes for such data. It involves standardizing the units of text on which coders work and then improving the coding scheme’s discriminant capability (i.e., reducing coding errors) to an acceptable point as indicated by measures of either intercoder reliability or intercoder agreement. This approach is especially useful for situations where a single knowledgeable coder will code all the transcripts once the coding scheme has been established. This approach can also be used with other types of qualitative data and in other circumstances.
    Many social science studies are based on coded in-depth semistructured interview transcripts. But researchers rarely report or discuss coding reliability in this work. Nor is there much literature on the subject for this type of data. This article presents a procedure for developing coding schemes for such data. It involves standardizing the units of text on which coders work and then improving the coding scheme’s discriminant capability (i.e., reducing coding errors) to an acceptable point as indicated by measures of either intercoder reliability or intercoder agreement. This approach is especially useful for situations where a single knowledgeable coder will code all the transcripts once the coding scheme has been established. This approach can also be used with other types of qualitative data and in other circumstances.
    SprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftSociological Methods & Research
    Vol/bind42
    Udgave nummer3
    Sider294-320
    ISSN0049-1241
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2013

    Emneord

    • Qualitative methods
    • Coding
    • Intercoder reliability
    • Intercoder agreement
    • Interviews

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