Using Qualitative Data Analysis Software in Teaching About Group Work Practice

  • Macgowan M
  • Beaulaurier R
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Courses on social group work have traditionally relied on in-class role plays to teach group work skills. The most common technological aid in such courses has been analog videotape. In recent years new technologies have emerged that allow the instructor to customize and tailor didactic experiences to individual classes and individual learners. This article discusses the use of technologies such as digital video combined with computer aided qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS). Two examples illustrate the use of Atlas.ti, a popular CAQDAS program, for advancing group work education. The use of data analysis software in group work courses gives students concrete examples and experiences in using research in group work practice. While this article discusses the use of such technologies in teaching group work, the approach could be adapted for use in other direct practice courses and in direct practice settings. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)

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  • Mark J. Macgowan

  • Richard L. Beaulaurier

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