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Explaining behaviour: Coding causal attributions from qualitative data

22nd November 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Organised by University of Kent
Presenter Dr Madeleine Wyatt
Date 22/11/2018
Venue Cornwallis East, University of Kent
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Contact advancedtraining@kent.ac.uk
Deborah Molloy
01227 824089
Description 10am – 2pm

This workshop will focus on the explanations people make about the causes of their behaviour. The workshop will present a method that enables researchers to extract and code causal attributions from interviews and other qualitative data.

Causal attributions are the explanations people make about their own or others’ behaviour. Identifying the causal attributions people make about a particular topic can tell us why people do what they do, or why they believe others behave in certain ways.

Attributions are typically studied using questionnaires. However, this workshop introduces the Leeds Attributional Coding System (LACS), which enables researchers to extract and code causal statements from qualitative data, such as interviews.

The workshop will introduce the epistemological background of the LACS, and summarise existing contemporary research that has used this method of coding.  The workshop will invite participants to use the LACS to extract, code and analyse example data.

Session Aims:
– To provide an overview of attribution theory and its epistemological background
– To provide an understanding of how causal attributions occur in qualitative data
– To provide researchers with the knowledge and skills to extract and code attributions using the LACS

Level Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
Cost Free to postgraduate researchers in Kent’s doctoral training partnership institutions, (Kent is in a DTP with: UEA, Essex, Reading, RHUL, Surrey, Sussex, Goldsmiths, Birkbeck, The Courtauld Institute, SOAS, Roehampton, City University London, University of London).
£30 for all other Postgraduate researchers
£60 for other researchers: (non-Kent staff, alumni, charity, not for profit organisations)
£90 for commercial participants.
Website and registration
Region South East
Keywords Attributional Analysis, Causal attributions , Leeds Attributional Coding System (LACS) , , Attribution theory
Related publications and presentations Attributional Analysis


22nd November 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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