Using ATLAS.ti in an Ethnographic Coding Class
Dr. Camilo Sanz, formerly with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, incorporated ATLAS.ti Mac into a class on ethnographic coding that he taught at that university in fall 2016 and spring 2017. The goal of the class was to teach students about ethnographic methods, and within it, tools for analysis. Dr. Sanz, said the following:
“ATLAS.ti is the main axis of our class. Students use it to read the fieldnotes, look for patterns and themes– which they code. Our students usually code 5 hours per week at the coding lab and then meet with instructor once per week for a lecture/discussion about their work. During this session, students report their findings, report issues, help us clean the list of codes and analyze the ethnographic material.”
As a result of adopting ATLAS.ti in this class, participants were able to identify key aspects in the analyzed ethnographic material, and publish articles and book chapters. Also, ATLAS.ti has allowed the group to store, systematize and retrieve the data in order to look at it in multiple ways.
We are happy for Dr. Sanz’ students and we wish the best to them as they move on in their academic careers.