An Introduction to Qualitative Methods & NVivo9

An Introduction to Qualitative Methods & NVivo9

Date & Time

07 February 2012, 00:00




Office of Education Research (OER)



Events Details

Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm


The morning session begins with a discussion of key points to be considered when deciding whether or not to adopt the NVivo9 software, including scale of the project, skills needed, and budgeting appropriately for both money and time. The basic architecture of NVivo9 is then introduced with an explanation of projects and sources, how information is organised in NVivo9 and how to import and organise sources.

The afternoon session furthers the practical, hands-on introduction to NVivo9, including the use of nodes and methods of coding text sources in a variety of ways, and other basics, including its most common document and data handling functions and architecture such as matrices, cases and attributes, memos and annotations. The workshop concludes with an introduction to the newer functions of NVivo9 such as the ability to import audio, video and visual (picture) files and code directly to these files (bypassing the need for transcription to text).


Dr Eric C Thompson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Before joining NUS, he completed a PhD in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of Washington and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of California Los Angeles. He teaches anthropology, gender studies, urban studies and research methods. His research interests include transnational networking, urbanism, culture theory, and ASEAN regionalism. His work has appeared in the journals American Ethnologist, Urban Studies, Political Geography, Asian Studies Review, Contemporary Sociology, and Contemporary Southeast Asian Studies among others. He is author of Unsettling Absences: Urbanism in Rural Malaysia (NUS Press, 2007).

Dr Thompson has taught qualitative research methods at graduate and undergraduate levels for over five years at NUS. He has published on methodology in the journal Field Methods and conducted seminars and training in research methods at universities and for policy-oriented researchers in Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.

IT Requirements

Participants are required to bring their NVivo9-installed laptops to the session.

Registration [Registration is closed]

Please register your attendance with the Office of Education Research by 1 February 2012.

Queries can also be directed to email:

This workshop is for NIE staff only.

A second workshop is scheduled for 14 February 2012.