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Studying Transformation: The Use of CmapTools in Surveying the Integration of Intelligence and Operations

Moon, Brian M. and Pino, Anthony J. and Hedberg, Christyne A. (2006) Studying Transformation: The Use of CmapTools in Surveying the Integration of Intelligence and Operations. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Second Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, pp. 527-533. ISBN 9977-15-148-2

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Abstract

The analysis of qualitative data in the social sciences is notorious for inviting criticisms of non-standardization and lack of “rigor.” While many approaches to collecting qualitative data have been described, the follow-on stage of discovery and analysis is often underspecified, and can result in the appearance of haphazard or incomplete study. This paper reports on the use of CmapTools for supporting the analysis of qualitative data. The real-world setting for the approach was a worldwide “survey” of United States Department of Defense Combatant Commands. The qualitative data analyzed was collected during interviews conducted by a team of researchers using forms of Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA) methods. The data was analyzed by another group of researchers. CmapTools was selected to enable inspection of the data because the application provided automated support for merging, organizing, and producing a variety of representations for analysis. Analytic and operational advantages of the approach, as well as dangers, are presented here.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2006
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2012 09:06
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 20:20
URI: http://eprint.ihmc.us/id/eprint/187

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