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  1. #1
    MicheleR
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    code families vs abstract codes



    One advantage of grouping codes is that it allows you a "shorthand" when
    creating queries. For example, say you have 47 fine-grained codes for all
    the things students have said about Jupiter. If you then want to see all
    the associated quotations for these, you would have to create a massive
    query with 46 "OR" statements (A or B or C or D or E or...). If you create
    a code family called About_Jupiter, you can simply query, "Show me all
    quotations About_Jupiter."

    Then it becomes easier to create more complex queries, for example, "Show me
    all quotations where About_Jupiter contains Gravity" -- thus yielding
    statements about gravity on Jupiter.

    Michele

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Tony Lelliott" <lelliott@EDUC.WITS.AC.ZA>
    To: <ATLAS-TI@LISTSERV.DFN.DE>
    Sent: Friday, December 17, 2004 6:26 AM
    Subject: code families vs abstract codes


    > I'm doing a study of informal learning of astronomy at school level
    (though
    > outside school). I've coded much of my data (interviews and 'concept
    maps')
    > and I want to group my fairly fine-grained codes into larger concepts.
    E.g.
    > all the things students have said about Jupiter could make up the
    'concept'
    > of Jupiter. I could do this by making a code family for Jupiter, but what
    > are the advantages of creating an abstract code for Jupiter, and linking
    > all the codes to that? I also want to separately identify some 'big
    ideas',
    > such as gravity and scale. Would abstract codes be best for that as well?
    > Tony Lelliott
    > A.D. Lelliott
    > School of Education
    > Witwatersrand University
    > Private Bag 3
    > Wits 2050
    > South Africa
    >
    > Tel: +2711 717 3060
    > Fax: +2711 717 3067


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  2. #2
    MicheleR
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    code families vs abstract codes



    Or did I misunderstand your question? Are you asking about the respective
    advantages of two *different* ways of grouping codes, rather than the
    advantages of grouping codes per se?

    Michele

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "MicheleR" <mrothen2@TWCNY.RR.COM>
    To: <ATLAS-TI@LISTSERV.DFN.DE>
    Sent: Friday, December 17, 2004 8:18 AM
    Subject: Re: code families vs abstract codes


    > One advantage of grouping codes is that it allows you a "shorthand" when
    > creating queries. For example, say you have 47 fine-grained codes for all
    > the things students have said about Jupiter. If you then want to see all
    > the associated quotations for these, you would have to create a massive
    > query with 46 "OR" statements (A or B or C or D or E or...). If you
    create
    > a code family called About_Jupiter, you can simply query, "Show me all
    > quotations About_Jupiter."
    >
    > Then it becomes easier to create more complex queries, for example, "Show
    me
    > all quotations where About_Jupiter contains Gravity" -- thus yielding
    > statements about gravity on Jupiter.
    >
    > Michele
    >
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: "Tony Lelliott" <lelliott@EDUC.WITS.AC.ZA>
    > To: <ATLAS-TI@LISTSERV.DFN.DE>
    > Sent: Friday, December 17, 2004 6:26 AM
    > Subject: code families vs abstract codes
    >
    >
    > > I'm doing a study of informal learning of astronomy at school level
    > (though
    > > outside school). I've coded much of my data (interviews and 'concept
    > maps')
    > > and I want to group my fairly fine-grained codes into larger concepts.
    > E.g.
    > > all the things students have said about Jupiter could make up the
    > 'concept'
    > > of Jupiter. I could do this by making a code family for Jupiter, but
    what
    > > are the advantages of creating an abstract code for Jupiter, and linking
    > > all the codes to that? I also want to separately identify some 'big
    > ideas',
    > > such as gravity and scale. Would abstract codes be best for that as
    well?
    > > Tony Lelliott
    > > A.D. Lelliott
    > > School of Education
    > > Witwatersrand University
    > > Private Bag 3
    > > Wits 2050
    > > South Africa
    > >
    > > Tel: +2711 717 3060
    > > Fax: +2711 717 3067
    >
    >
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  3. #3
    Tony Lelliott
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    code families vs abstract codes


    I'm doing a study of informal learning of astronomy at school level (though
    outside school). I've coded much of my data (interviews and 'concept maps')
    and I want to group my fairly fine-grained codes into larger concepts. E.g.
    all the things students have said about Jupiter could make up the 'concept'
    of Jupiter. I could do this by making a code family for Jupiter, but what
    are the advantages of creating an abstract code for Jupiter, and linking
    all the codes to that? I also want to separately identify some 'big ideas',
    such as gravity and scale. Would abstract codes be best for that as well?
    Tony Lelliott
    A.D. Lelliott
    School of Education
    Witwatersrand University
    Private Bag 3
    Wits 2050
    South Africa

    Tel: +2711 717 3060
    Fax: +2711 717 3067



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