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Content Analysis

Course GEDU 713 | Fall of odd-numbered years.

Course GEDU 706 | Applied Educational Statistics
Course GEDU 708 | Research Methods in Education

Catalog Description:

General Education course descriptions in the USF General Catalog online.

Objectives or Outcomes:

Students will:

  1. Examine the scope of content analysis
  2. Critique several different content analysis research projects
  3. Design their own content analysis research project
  4. Identify the attributes and weaknesses of this approach

Course Topics:

The following represents topics to be investigated during this course:

  1. Content analysis defined; quantitative and qualitative approaches
  2. Conceptual foundations; inferences
  3. Creating a coding scheme; unitizing
  4. Identifying and limiting the data source
  5. Closed corpus and open corpus
  6. How representative is the data?
  7. Data analysis
  8. Sampling and Recording
  9. Validity and reliability

Possible Course Textbooks:

Krippendorff, K. (1980). Content analysis. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Handouts included in the lab packet.