Dr. Cheryl Geisler workshop, “Coding Language Reliably: A Workshop for Systematic and Valid Analysis”
Discussions of methodological issues often give coding significant attention and it plays a prominent role in the execution of research. But researchers often find that their coding schemes do not lead to consistent or “reliable” judgments. When you achieve a reliable coding scheme, you ensure that its meaning is clear to you and to those to whom you report your research. If you find yourself changing your mind from day to day or find others not coding the way you intend, you may want to work on your reliability.
During this workshop, participants will learn to measure and then improve reliability by a) targeting revisions, b) building out a coding scheme, c) changing segmentation, and d) adding dimensions to the analysis. The workshop will include:
- An initial presentation on the rationale and limitations of coding language reliably,
- Small-group work with sample data to measure and improve reliability, and
- Consultation on participants’ own in-progress coding schemes.
Please note: This workshop is limited to Writing Studies faculty and graduate students only. Participants are asked to RSVP for the workshop in advance, to bring or share a laptop with a spreadsheet application (such as Excel), and to read a selection of readings that will be sent in advance of the workshop.