What do we mean when we talk about “coding qualitative data”?
When we “code” qualitative data we look for patterns in our data. We then group similar data together. For example, if we have qualitative data on “the effect of the covid-19 lockdown on students,” one category might be “productivity.” We’ll then identify all the places where students discuss their productivity in our data. Once we have grouped similar data together, we can start looking for patterns.