Creation and application of a replicable analytic method to determine attitudes and beliefs of undergraduate science professors toward the discipline of education

Katherine Fogelberg

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Scopus citations


Detailed here is the creation and application of a replicable method bricolage that brings together Discourse Analysis, discourse analysis, and the theory of reasoned action to examine attitudes and beliefs of university science professors toward the discipline of education. This method used a two-phase method for analysis. The first phase looked for phrases that could be defined as either an attitude or a belief based on definitions taken from the social psychology and communication studies literature. The second phase interpreted the overall data to explore the influences on the formation of the attitudes and beliefs as well as to support or refute the findings from Phase 1 The need for a replicable Discourse Analysis method is apparent in the education literature, as is a solid definition of what constitutes an attitude or a belief. The method outlined here provides good definitions for attitudes and beliefs, a method for extracting both constructs from the data, and incorporates an internal crystallization process for looking at and comparing emergent themes from both phases of analysis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Methods
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016



  • Attitudes and beliefs
  • Discipline of education
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Theory of reasoned action

Cite this