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Modes of Thinking for Qualitative Data Analysis
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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Preface

  1. Introduction
  2. Why Focus on Analysis?

    Thinking, not Thought

    Brief Introduction to the Modes of Thinking

    Modes of Thinking for Qualitative Data Analysis

    The Modes of Thinking in Dynamic Relation

  3. Categorical Thinking
  4. Introduction to Categorical Thinking

    Characteristics of Categorical Thinking

    Categorical Thinking in Practice

    Deciding on Categorical Thinking for Analysis

  5. Narrative Thinking
  6. Introduction to Narrative Thinking

    Characteristics of Narrative Thinking

    Narrative Thinking in Practice

    Deciding on Narrative Thinking for Analysis

  7. Dialectical Thinking
  8. Introduction to Dialectical Thinking

    Characteristics of Dialectical Thinking

    Dialectical Thinking in Practice

    Deciding on Dialectical Thinking for Analysis

  9. Poetical Thinking
  10. Introduction to Poetical Thinking

    Characteristics of Poetical Thinking

    Poetical Thinking in Practice

    Deciding on Poetical Thinking for Analysis

  11. Diagrammatical Thinking
  12. Introduction to Diagrammatical Thinking

    Characteristics of Diagrammatical Thinking

    Diagrammatical Thinking in Practice

    Deciding on Diagrammatical Thinking for Analysis

  13. Teaching Qualitative Analysis

On Diversity

On Tradition

On Reflexive Dialogical Practice

Final Thoughts

List of Tables and Figures Table 1.1: Modes of Thinking for Qualitative Data Analysis page xx Table 4.1: Two Approaches to Dialectical Thinking in Practice page xx Figure 1.1: Modes of Thinking in Dynamic Relation page xx Figure 2.1: Connecting Categories to Concepts page xx Figure 3.1: Dimensions of Plot page xx Figure 4.1: Dialectical Friction and Emergence page xx Figure 5.1: Poetics as Infinite Dialogue page xx Figure 6.1: A Phenomenon Becoming page xx

About the Author

Melissa Freeman is Professor of Qualitative Research Methodologies in the College of Education at The University of Georgia.

Reviews

"We've long needed this book, a book which would take students and scholars alike through the complex process of doing qualitative analysis. Melissa Freeman's Modes of Thinking for Qualitative Data Analysis meets these needs. Its creative, comparative focus on forms of thinking, from categorical, to narrative, dialectical, poetical, diagrammatical, opens new windows on how to interpret empirical material." - Norman K. Denzin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

"Melissa Freeman has developed a compelling typology for understanding qualitative work... Her work counters the standard classifications which connect methods with a particular methodology or tradition and leads to confusion. Instead, she argues persuasively, and with examples, that for a truly reflexive stance and a critical understanding of research, researchers must engage in "pentimento," or must see again, to understand essences and create innovative possibilities." - Lynn Butler-Kisber, McGill University

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