In-vivo coding: What does this mean? The term in-vivo comes from grounded theory research and means that words or terms used by the interviewees are so remarkable that they should be taken as codes. In-vivo coding adds these terms of the respondents as codes and codes the text passage at the same time. Let’s see how in-vivo coding works in MAXQDA! [2016: Updated to MAXQDA 12]
In the screenshot below you can see the term “made myself wear blinders” in our interview, which we feel is remarkable and should be used as a code concept.
And this is how it works:
- Select the words from your document, rightclick on the selection and choose “Code In-Vivo” or use STRG+I or choose the option in the menu.
- The words are now used to create a code, and the selected text passage is automatically coded with the term.
If you want to learn more about coding with MAXQDA in general, check out this video tutorial:
Vive the in-vivo coding! 🙂