QSR NUD*IST in Museum
Theano Moussouri, Science Museum, London, UK
In an effort to examine learning in museums,
researchers have considered the behaviour and discourse of family
groups. Current research in museums has shown that when families visit museums, they bring with them their own
agenta, which influences the family museum experience. Examining the interrelations between behaviour, discourse,
learning and agenda for the visit is difficult due to the mutli-dimensional nature of the activities of family groups.
Their behaviour at any given moment is linked to a complex system of culture, gender and age related habits,
values, references to past events and knowledge.
Computer-aided analysis of data of group interactions
in a museum allows researchers to approach family groups
and answer questions related to their experiences during their visit. This poster will present how NUD*IST was
used to analyse family observations and interviews, and to develop a framework for understanding the family
agenta. This research used qualitative methodologies and involved 86 family groups in three interactive museums
(Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester, Eureka! The Museum for Children in Halifax and the
Archaeological Resource Centre in York) and was performed for the partial fulfilment of the authors PhD degree at
the Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.
Reflections on NUD.IST
as a tool for analysing multiple data sources in doctoral research - exploring
heritage volunteers and their management
Karen Smith, Centre for Tourism and Visitor Management, Nottingham Business School, The Nottingham
Trent University, UK
This paper explores the adoption of QSR NUD.IST
in an ongoing doctoral project examining the experiences and
relationships of volunteers at heritage attractions and the implications for their management. Research focused
around thirteen sampled sites, all literary heritage properties in the UK. During field visits to each site, a sample of
volunteers and their managers were interviewed; this qualitative data was then triangulated with questionnaires to all
volunteers, fieldnotes, and documentation obtained at the site, including training manuals, recruitment literature and
policy documents. In total, 217 documents were imported and coded in QSR NUD.IST. The project was linked
to an SPSS analysis of the quantitative survey results. The paper considers the experiences of using QSR
NUD.IST as a tool for analysis in a project using a range of data collection forms. With an increasing number of
'Doctors in NUD.IST' (see http://qsr.latrobe.edu.au/OtherInfo/AboutNudist/Doctors.htm), the author reflects on
the use of QSR NUD.IST by a sole researcher.
A web presentation
of a longitudinal case study
Clare Tagg, Tagg Oram Partnership, Baldock, UK
This poster illustrates how web technology
can be used to present qualitative research as a series of hyperlinked
pages. The advantages of this approach are that it allows: - a rich description to be presented in an accessible form
- the reader can choose their own path through the data - the construction of the presentation aids analysis The
example shown on the poster is an integral part of the author's thesis and is to be submitted on CD-ROM. It
consists of about 1400 web pages most of which have been generated automatically as part of the data analysis.
The author is investigating the application of a similar approach to NUD*IST projects.