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Johnny Saldana
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March 5, 2009 1847875491 978-1847875495
The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers is unique in providing, in one volume, an in-depth guide to each of the multiple approaches available for coding qualitative data. In total, 29 different approaches to coding are covered, ranging in complexity from beginner to advanced level and covering the full range of types of qualitative data from interview transcripts to field notes. For each approach profiled, Johnny Saldaña discusses the method’s origins in the professional literature, a description of the method, recommendations for practical applications, and a clearly illustrated example.


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'The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers is a sophisticated introduction to strategies for coding qualitative data….Saldana writes in a colloquial and easy-to-follow style, which is a great help for those not well versed in this area. His plentiful and pertinent examples keep the reader interested and engaged in the material' - PsycCRITIQUES

'Perhaps we could call Johnny Saldana (2009) the Dan Brown of qualitative research…Certainly, this is a man who knows how to decode the mysteries of coding qualitative data. While Saldana's new book, The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers, may not be marketed as a thriller, students, teachers, and practitioners of qualitative research may well find themselves thrilled by the clarity and comprehensiveness of Saldana's text' - The Weekly Qualitative Report

About the Author

Johnny Saldana is a Professor of Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts' School of Theatre and Film at Arizona State University where he has taught since 1981. He received his BFA and MFA degrees in drama education from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Drama of Color: Improvisation with Multiethnic Folklore (Heinemann, 1995), awarded the 1996 Distinguished Book Award from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE); Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change Through Time (AltaMira Press, 2003), awarded the 2004 Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association's Ethnography Division; Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre (AltaMira Press, 2005); The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (SAGE, 2009); and Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2011). In press is a new book, Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press, 2012) and a Second Edition of The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (SAGE, 2013).

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd (March 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847875491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847875495
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Johnny Saldaña is Professor Emeritus of Theatre in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts' School of Film, Dance, and Theatre at Arizona State University (ASU) where he taught from 1981 to 2014. He has been involved in the field of theatre education as a teacher educator, drama specialist, director, and researcher.

Mr. Saldaña is the author of "Drama of Color: Improvisation with Multiethnic Folklore" (Heinemann, 1995), a teacher's resource text and recipient of the 1996 Distinguished Book Award from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE); "Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change Through Time" (AltaMira Press, 2003), a research methods book and recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Book Award from the National Communication Association's Ethnography Division; "Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre" (AltaMira Press, 2005), an edited collection of ethnographic-based plays; "The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers" (Sage Publications, 2009, second edition 2012), a handbook on qualitative data analysis; "Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage" (Left Coast Press, 2011), winner of the American Educational Research Association's Qualitative Research SIG's Outstanding Book Award; "Fundamentals of Qualitative Research" (Oxford University Press, 2011), an introductory textbook on the subject; and, as co-author, the third edition of the late Matthew B. Miles and A. Michael Huberman's "Qualitative Data Analysis" (Sage Publications, 2014).

Saldaña has published articles in such journals as Youth Theatre Journal, Stage of the Art, Teaching Theatre, Research in Drama Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Multicultural Perspectives, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and Qualitative Inquiry. He has also published chapters on research methods for such titles as "Arts-Based Research in Education," "Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Research," "Handbook of Longitudinal Research," and entries for "The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods."

Saldaña's research methods in longitudinal inquiry, ethnotheatre, coding, and qualitative data analysis have been applied and cited by researchers internationally in disciplines such as K-12 and higher education, business, social sciences, technology, government, social services, communication, human development, interpersonal relationships, sport, health care, and medicine.

Mr. Saldaña's workshops and keynote addresses reflect a broad range of interests including drama in the classroom, drama with multicultural materials, ethnotheatre, theatre for social change, and qualitative research methods. Saldaña has presented for such organizations as: the Arizona Artist/Teacher Institute, the New Orleans Public Schools, the Louisiana Institute for Education in the Arts, the Southeast Institute for Education in Theatre, the Tennessee Arts Academy, Northwestern University, Western Michigan University, New York University, the University of Hartford, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Alberta, the University of Victoria, the University of Leeds, Mary Immaculate College / University of Limerick; and at national conferences of: AATE, the Educational Theatre Association, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, the International Drama in Education Research Institute, the American Educational Research Association, the National Association for Multicultural Education, Narrative Inquiry in Music Education, the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, the European Qualitative Research Conference in Health and Social Care, and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

Saldaña is an eight-time recipient of the President's Citation of Merit from AATE, the 1989 Creative Drama Award, the 1996, 2001, and 2010 Research Awards from AATE, the Burlington Resources Foundation Faculty Achievement Award in 1991, the ASU College of the Arts Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award in 1995 and 2008, and the ASU College of the Arts Research Award in 2005. In 2000, 2008, and 2009 he was recognized as a finalist by the ASU Parents Association for Professor of the Year.

Mr. Saldaña received his BFA in Drama and English Education in 1976, and MFA in Drama in 1979 from the University of Texas at Austin. Saldaña has taught at UT-Austin and Washington State University in Pullman. He was born in Austin, Texas, and currently resides in Phoenix. Professional memberships include: the International Association of Qualitative Inquiry, the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (Member Scholar), and the American Educational Research Association.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent text on coding qualitative data. January 25, 2010
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Mr. Saldana has written an accessible and thorough examination of a myriad of coding techniques and tools for the qualitative researcher. The text is highly focused just for that purpose. If you are looking for assistance on building a framework, about the historical or contextualization of qualitative methods and inquiry, then look elsewhere.

The coding techniques are split into a first and second cycle formats. This is a convenient way to organize the coding techniques, as Mr. Saldana has grouped them, but may not be an optimal form of organization for the advanced researcher.

In my opinion, "The coding manual" will help the advanced undergraduate or graduate student with regard to making a decision on which coding technique is best suited for a project. The example coding texts for each coding technique are not excellent, but then it would be hard to find something to appeal to every field. Nevertheless, the examples do clearly demonstrate an application of the coding method in a concise manner. Also, the examples are primarily drawn from the social sciences.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking tool June 30, 2010
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I found this book while looking for more detail about qualitative research and now find I use it more than anything else on my shelf. It is an accessible and personable look into the fine grain detail of the coding process but also much much more. The descriptions are almost a step by step guide to thinking through a problem. I say almost because the writing is not a directive, positivist command for how to do coding the one, true most righteous way but more of a conversation about collecting data to inform thinking. The examples are both useful and thought provoking. Interesting collections of quotes and citations punctuate the narrative. For anyone concerned about preserving the voice of the speaker, with all its nuance and beauty, this is a must-have book. Already I feel my brain cells getting juicier and juicier as I think more clearly about what I am reading and what I am seeing. I am taking this book to the beach with me on vacation, it is that good!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow This Manual! May 4, 2010
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Qualitative researchers of all ilk and methodologies should read this guide. My goodness, what a terrific resource! More than two dozen coding schemes are presented in several categories, illustrated with examples, and ties to specific methodologies are given. This title is the best.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book December 19, 2010
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I decided to purchase this book after first reading the reviews and then skimming it contents. It is a valuable book to purchase if you are using a grounded theory methodology for either a thesis or dissertation. This book is helping me as I work through the data analysis portion of my dissertation. Saldana discusses several first and second cycle coding options and his section on memos is comprehensive with great tips on memo content that helps in theory development. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, yet process oriented June 5, 2010
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Saldana's book is a great addition to my library for qualitative research. I especially liked the balanced perspective throughout. The process of coding could use software applications or paper; he recognized that researchers may feel comfortable with one method or the other, and that any level of automation may depend on the project. The many types of coding were incredibly comprehensive. The two levels of coding helped me understand the analysis process more fully, I am a beginner and this concept was useful immediately. The book was not a tome, it was cogent and well organized. A treasure for my dissertation efforts.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend July 23, 2010
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What an amazing accomplishment! Dr. Saldana has managed to create an accessible and readable book on qualitative coding that lifts coding from the dry and dusty space of theory and brings it to life with practical discourse and real-world examples. I previously included this text as a recommended reading for my doctoral level qualitative research students. However, after hearing countless students tell me how much it had helped them with their own research, I have now moved it to my "Required Reading List." Indeed, it should be requisite reading for anyone engaged in qualitative inquiry, whether novice or advanced. Bravo, Dr. Saldana. And thank you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful insight March 12, 2010
By Perry
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Dr. Saldana provides not only an exhaustive reviewing of coding strategies, approaches, and qualitative methodologies, he provides the reference sources to allow the the reader to explore each in greater detail. I have recommended this book to my fellow academic colleagues and they share my enthusiasm. Thanks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is *THE* coding book August 15, 2010
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You know, I don't think I've ever read a better book that explained what coding is and all the different ways of accomplishing said task. The book is written in a manner that makes the reader (beginner or otherwise) grasp and execute various methodologies that will help understand and finish that chapter in their thesis or dissertation.

Worth every penny.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Service
Great book for anyone doing research involving interviews, focus groups, or ethnography. The book does a great job of explaining the coding process
Published 10 days ago by K. Wilder
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for qualitative researchers
This book is simply written, easy to understand for first time researchers. I used it while doing my thesis and it made a huge difference - very clear the various types of coding... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth Musyoki
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
Not many texts about qualitative research are as practical and accessible to the reader. I enjoyed the humble manner of the author in approaching the topic from his own experience. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Volschenk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great investment!
My dissertation chair recommended this book to me and it was more than worth it's price as an investment. Couldn't have completed my research without it.
Published 10 months ago by girlfriend
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for first time coder
This is exactly what I was looking for to help decide "how" to choose the best coding method. Good reference.
Published 12 months ago by Jeffrey Szymczak
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great book. Easy to read. Makes coding easy to understand. Would recommend it to others. One of my best purchases.
Published 17 months ago by sharon smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for my dissertation.
Easy to use as reference. A must for qualitative researchers. I would not be able to code my data without this book.
Published 18 months ago by Longshadow
5.0 out of 5 stars Researchers Bible
It is what any qualitative researcher needs. A researcher like me needed a coding manual which helps with transcribing and coding data.
Published 18 months ago by Joylyn Inniss
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I expected
Great book, it will be very helpful as I work through my dissertation. Glad I found this book, it will enhance my qualitative study.
Published 19 months ago by Stephen Baird
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I knew about coding......
I thought I was pretty skilled at coding interviews. This book showed me how to code with much more rigor. Read more
Published 19 months ago by V Gordon
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