Deepen Teacher Inquiry Series - Part 14

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
— John Keating

Over that last few weeks, we have been exploring the analysis phase of an inquiry. Depending on the model you use this phase can be called - checking, action phase or learning inquiry. 
Last week I mentioned, 

“Evidence analysis - while daunting at times - can reveal some incredibly unexpected trends. Especially when you collect qualitative evidence in the form of an interview or student's voice.”

This week I would like to continue with the theme of qualitative evidence analysis. 
Usually, the qualitative evidence is analysed by looking for themes. One way to identify themes quickly is to use a wordle. A wordle has the potential to identify high frequency works in student responses. These high-frequency words can then become your themes for a more in-depth analysis.


Let me give you an example
Last week I was working with a teacher on her inquiry and she was looking at engagement as her inquiry focus.  

Her question was - 
How does the use of kahoot as a lesson starter help students connect and engage in previous lessons learning when they come to class?

The evidence she collected as part of her inquiry was qualitative in the form of a student survey. She wanted to know if the starter she was using helped students reconnect with the previous lesson and whether kahoot would be a better tool to use.

As a start point for her qualitative data analysis, she pasted the students' responses to the questions she asked into a wordle. What she found was rather revealing and gave her the lens through which to theme the feedback in more detail. Interestingly, these themes also lead to further wondering and new inquiry questions.

This is a perfect example of how a Wordle - as an initial analysis tool - can give a teacher visibility of the possible themes that come out of student survey answers. What you do with that information is up to each teacher and dependant on the context of the inquiry. 

Have you considered wordle as a way of initial analysis of your qualitative data?


Here is an example of a wordle I have made of the survey responses to an inquiry I have regarding the impact of the teacher inquiry work I do with schools. It doesn't tell me everything I want to know, but its a great way to make a start. Especially when there is a lot of responses to process.

 
 

Reference

Kahoot Learning games - https://kahoot.com/

Wordclouds - http://www.wordle.net/create


Looking Ahead

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