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Suggestions on programs to analyse data from children’s books

2 replies, 2 voices Last updated by Andreia Nunes 1 year, 5 months ago
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    • #61619

      Andreia Nunes
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      @andreianunes

      Hi everyone! My name is Andreia Nunes and I am doing my Phd in sociology, investigating about gender stereotypes in Portuguese contemporary children’s literature. I’ve been working on my analysis grid and my categories and I have around 100 books to analyse! I am wondering about the best program to use to insert data! Anyone working on something similar? Any suggestions? I was thinking of using SPSS… Well, let me know your tips πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    • #61699

      Meredith Hale
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      @mlhale7

      This sounds like a great project. Good programs depend a little on how your data is formatted, but I’d recommend seeing if OpenRefine might be a good fit for your project – https://openrefine.org/download.html

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      Andreia Nunes
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      @andreianunes

      Hi Meredith!

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I have chosen some categories I would like to analyze like physical characteristics (hair, beard), adjectives, professions, household tasks, etc. to see how male/female characters are represented. But they are still very open – to see what I will find in the books. Some will repeat itself so I use numbers as well. For example: this book has 10 characters: 6 male, 4 female, male can be firefighter (2x), female are teachers (1x) and mother (3x).

      That program you mention does seem great to messy data! Thank you for the tip πŸ™‚ In this case the data is not messy yet πŸ˜€

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