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09 NOVEMBER 2018

Designing Research for Qualitative Data Analysis

"Qualitative data analysis aims to make sense of the abundant, varied, mostly nonnumeric forms of information that accrue during an investigation. As qualitative researchers, we reflect not only on each piece of data by itself but also on all the data as an integrated, blended, composite package. Increasingly, qualitative researchers are participants in interdisciplinary, mixed-methods research teams for which analytic and interpretive processes are necessarily complementary, distinct, clearly articulated, and critical to the larger investigation. We search for insight, meaning, understanding, and larger patterns of knowledge, intent, and action in what we generate as data. Approaching this task in a responsive, inductive, transparent, yet systematic way demands our best balance of good science, appropriate rigor and quality, and openness to unanticipated findings. Many qualitative studies now include multiple sources of data, including narrative or textual and visual (e.g., photographs, videos, creative works and art, and theatric or performative components) information for analysis. Thorne (2008) describes the analytic process as moving 'from pieces to patterns' (p. 142) through the activities of organizing, reading and reviewing mindfully, coding, reflection, thematic derivation, and finding meaning."

(Jennifer B. Averill)

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activities of organising • analytic process • analytic processes • data analysis • from pieces to patterns • inductive enquiry • information for analysis • interdisciplinary research • interpretive processes • looking for pattern within data • mixed methods research • multiple sources of data • nursing • nursing research • nursing research practice • pattern of meaning • patterns of action • patterns of intent • patterns of knowledgepatterns of meaningqualitative analysisqualitative data analysis • qualitative data analysis approaches • qualitative data analysis methods • qualitative data analysis techniques • qualitative research techniquequalitative researchersqualitative studiesreadingresearch design • reviewing mindfully • running the interview process • Sally Thorne • sensemakingsystematic approachthematic analysisthematic codingthematic patterns

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Simon Perkins
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