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Title: Celebrating Innovative Knowledge Management in Education with the New Leximancer Qualitative Data Analyser
Contributor(s): Kivunja, Charles  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2008
Publisher: Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA) website
Place of Publication: Online
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Source of Publication: APERA Conference 2008 Day 3 Programme, p. 257-258
Abstract: Qualitative researchers often agonise about the time and effort they spend on managing and analysing the large amounts of data they collect. Their data is often gathered through interviews, narratives or conversations about human behaviour and does not lend itself to analysis by conventional quantitative computer algorithms. This paper describes innovative knowledge management qualitative software called Leximancer, which is being developed through the collaborative activities of researchers at the University of New England and the University of Queensland in Australia. Leximancer can be used to analyse the content of large volumes of qualitative textual documents, extract information at super-electronic speeds and display the results visually in a bird's eye view of the content called a Concept Map. The software contains a search engine which enables the user to easily navigate the data so as to perform a directed search of the document to explore the conceptual structures in the data. In this way, Leximancer provides a means of conducting conceptual (thematic) analysis as well as relational (semantic) analysis in a manner which promises to revolutionise knowledge management in Education by qualitative researchers.
Conference Name: APERA 2008: 2nd Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference - Educational Research for Innovation & Quality in Education: Policy & Pedagogical Engagements Across Contexts, National Institute of Education, Singapore, 26th - 28th November, 2008
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Keywords: Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Fields of Research (FOR): 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-economic Objective (SEO): 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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