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Understanding College Students’ Thought Toward Social Events by Qualitative Meta-Synthesis Technologies

Xijin Tang and Bin Luo
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Xijin Tang: Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Bin Luo: Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence (IJOCI), 2011, vol. 2, issue 4, 15-30

Abstract: It is necessary to consider community opinions about social events and respond with proper actions. Support is needed to acquire a basic or rough idea of community opinions quickly. In this paper, the authors show how to elicit main points from community opinions with a simple word association test on college students about the highlighted social events in China in 2010. Two supporting technologies for qualitative meta-synthesis CorMap and iView are applied to analyze the opinions. Unlike basic descriptive statistical figures, CorMap/iView help identify the structures of opinions, which show the primary concerns of students or features of events, as a simple way to acquire a rough synthesis of public concerns rapidly.

Date: 2011
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