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example of coding in Atlas.ti

There are many tools and methods for qualitative data (non-numeric data). Increasingly, researchers are turning to CAQDAS (computer assisted qualitative data analysis) tools. One of the most of popular software packages is called Atlas.ti. While a full understanding of Atlas.ti is beyond an intro to research methods class, the video below offers a good introduction to how qualitative data is analysed.

qualitative vs. quantitative research according to Einstein and Queen Elizabeth

This is NOT the best video out there comparing qualitative and quantitative methods, but it's a lighthearted take that may well create food for thought and stimulate a conversation.

so why aren't low income students applying to elite schools and does it matter?

A recent report from Brookings Institute discusses how and why students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are not applying for some of the US's most elite colleges.



Some questions to consider:
Why aren't low SES students applying for elite schools?Why is access to elite schools important? Don't students who don't attend elite schools receive equally good educations? The answers are of course complicated. But one thing that becomes clear is that part of the reason students of low SES backgrounds do not apply to elite colleges is lack of knowledge and information about these schools-- in particular students worry that 1) they can't afford these schools and 2) they don't think they belong and don't think they'll be accepted. In other words, to some extent, these students lack the cultural capital of their wealthier counterparts. 
In my own research, I found similar responses by 2nd generation French students about why more did not apply for the elite Gra…

Duneier's Sidewalk documentary

Duneier's Sidewalk is a great documentary incorporating and analyzing many of the central themes in sociology and research methods. There are 8 videos in this series.