The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers, by Johnny Saldana, was not around when I learned to code qualitative data. I wish it had been...Saldana provides a skeleton on which to hang qualitative data analysis, which I have not seen in other approaches to the subject.
This book fills a major gap in qualitative research methods courses. Saldaña has accomplished what has not been done before - creating a text that clearly identifies the many choices one has in coding their data. I wish I had this book when I started conducting qualitative research. It should be required reading for all.
University of Central Florida
An excellent handbook that helps demystify the coding process with a comprehensive assessment of different coding types, examples and exercises. As such it is a valuable teaching resource and it will also be of use to anyone undertaking qualitative analysis.
The Coding Manual describes the qualitative coding process with clarity and expertise. Its wide array of strategies, from the more straightforward to the more complex, are skilfully explained and exemplified. This extremely usable manual is a must-have resource for qualitative researchers at all levels.
Tara M. Brown
One admirable quality of Saldaña’s work is that he does not overstate the significance of qualitative data coding: he positions himself as a strong believer in its value, while acknowledging and addressing six common critiques of coding including that coding can be reductionist or even dangerous (pp. 38–40). This proleptic honesty only makes his argument for more principled and rigorous coding all the more convincing...More than anything, this text is highly practical; in addition to definitions, catalogs, and examples, Saldaña delineates in painstaking detail every step of the coding process, including discussions of what exactly can be coded, quantity of data to code, and coding mechanics...The chapters in the Manual follow a helpfully predictable format…after having studied one chapter, the reader will become accustomed to the book’s pattern of presenting key concepts and practical applications.”
The Coding Manual is the go-to handbook for all qualitative researchers. This latest edition offers a thorough discussion on analyzing visual data and writing analytic memos, making this the most comprehensive text on the coding process.
This book is a must for all fieldworkers who work closely with interview, narrative, and visual materials. It is thoughtful, well-written, and inclusive. The appendices alone are invaluable!
Saldaña’s Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers has become an indispensable resource for my teaching, my doctoral students, and my own research. The 3rd edition, with new approaches and new examples from a broad array of researchers and disciplines, will be even more indispensable.