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Qualitative Data Analysis

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PART ONE: PREPARING THE WAY: LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR ANALYSIS Foundations for Thinking and Working Qualitatively Thinking Qualitatively Thinking Methods (and methodology) Working Qualitatively Working Qualitatively - Using Software Foundations for Working Qualitatively Working Qualitatively: Implications for Analysis Writing About Foundations Exercises Further Reading Designing for Analysis Design-giving Form to Ideas Focusing the Study Designing for Data That Can Be Analysed Planning for Quality and Credibility of Conclusions Putting It All Together Writing About Design Exercises Further reading Managing and Preparing Data for Analysis Before Data Collection Keeping Organised, Available and Usable Data Records Recording and Preparing Data for Analysis The Importance of Context Recording Sample Details for Analysis Checks and Balances for Data Managing Relationships in the Research Team Writing About Data Management Exercises PART TWO: WORKING WITH DATA: A PATHWAY INTO ANALYSIS Read, Reflect and Connect: Initial Explorations of Data Read, and Read Again Write As You Read Purposeful Play-preliminary Explorations of Each Data Source Explore the Storylines Exploring Context Identify Relevant Categories and Concepts Involving Participants in Early Analysis Re-focus, Ready For the Next Phase Writing About Preliminary Analysis Exercises Further reading Codes and Coding: Principles and Practice Using Codes to Work With Data Practical Tools for Coding Methods Decisions in Coding Issues of Validity and Reliability in Coding Managing the Process of Coding A Final Reminder - Codes and Coding in Context Writing About Coding Processes Exercise Further reading Naming, Organizing and Refining Codes What's in a Name? Naming Broad Topic Areas Naming Codes to Capture Substance and Meaning Automating Coding Developing a Coding System Reviewing and Refining Codes and the Coding Structure Writing About Codes Exercise - Generating Codes Further Reading Alternative Approaches to Breaking Open and Connecting Data Building on Cases Themes as an Alternative to Codes? Focus on Interaction - Working With Focus Group Data Focus on Stories and Accounts - Identifying Structure, Interpreting Meaning Focus on Discourse - The Intersubjective Space The Value of Case-based Approaches Writing About Your Use of Case-based, Thematic and Narrative Methods Exercises Further Reading PART THREE: DESCRIBE, COMPARE AND RELATE: MOVING ON FROM CODES AND THEMES Describing, Evolving and Theorizing Concepts Describing Categories and Concepts (or themes) as a Step in Analysis Evolving Concepts with Analytic, Meta- or Pattern Codes Theorising Concepts Writing About Describing and Analysing Concepts Exercises Further Reading Comparative Analyses as a Means of Furthering Analysis Why Compare? The Comparative Process Managing Data to Make Subgroup, Contextual or Case Comparisons Comparing Concepts or Categories Across Groups or Situations Comparing Cases Interpreting Comparative Analyses Writing About Comparisons Exercises Further Reading Relational Analyses Coding and Connecting Working Together Investigating Relational Patterns Cross-case Analyses Identifying Patterns of Association Between Sets of Related Phenomena, Using Coded Data Relating Data to a Theoretical Model Investigating Relationships Between Specific Categories and Concepts Writing About Exploring and Testing Relationships in Data Exercises Further Reading PART FOUR: BRINGING IT TOGETHER - MOVING TOWARD CLIMAX AND CLOSURE If... Then... Is It Because? Developing Explanatory Models and Theories Analytic Progression Explanatory Theory as a Goal of Research Foundations for Explanatory Theory Logic-based Questioning - Finding the Major Premise Puzzle-solving with "Conjectures and Refutations" Case-based Strategies Theoretical Development and Integration in Grounded Theory Visual Tools for Theory-Building Writing About Your Developing Theory Further Reading Developing Coherent Understanding Coherent Understanding? Coherence Through Description Theoretical Coherence Coherence Through Display A Collection of Tips and Tricks for Bringing it Together Writing About Developing Coherence Further Reading Defending and Extending: Issues of Quality and Significance The Issue of Quality Generalisation / Transferability Theoretical Extension Audiences and Representation A Final Reflection Writing About Quality and Significance Exercises Further Reading After-Words

About the Author

Pat Bazeley was awarded a PhD in community psychology for an action research based thesis which argued that community development was an effective strategy for the promotion of mental health in a disadvantaged population. After graduating she worked in community development and as a freelance researcher, undertaking projects in public health, welfare, education, law and community studies. From 1991-9 she was responsible for research development and administration for academic staff at the University of Western Sydney, Macarthur. Currently, she is a (very) part time Associate Professor in the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at the University of New South Wales, supervising PhD students. From 2000-2013 Pat provided research training, consulting and retreat facilities for researchers at Bowral, in the southern highlands of NSW. She continues to provide occasional training and consulting services for academics, graduate students and practitioners in universities, government departments and commercial organisations both locally and internationally. Her particular expertise is in helping researchers to make sense of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods data and in using computer programs for management and analysis of data. Her passion is to help people move beyond simple descriptive analyses of rich data. Pat has a particular interest in mixed methods research, where she is exploring tools and techniques for integrating analyses of different forms of data, and the methodological implications of doing so. She was 2015-16 President of the Mixed Methods International Research Association. Pat is currently on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and Qualitative Health Research, having served in the past as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. She has published books, chapters and articles on qualitative and mixed methods data analysis. She has also published on immunisation services, and on the career development and performance of researchers.


Pat Bazeley has achieved the almost impossible task of preparing a text that is essential for both new and experienced qualitative researchers, and one that will challenge and enlighten both audiences. This remarkably comprehensive book will most certainly move qualitative inquiry forward. Janice Morse College Of Nursing, University of Utah This is one of the most insightful books ever written on qualitative data analysis, and certainly the most detailed and comprehensive. Pat Bazeley has done a magnificent job of both covering recent developments, and providing a user-friendly presentation with numerous examples. This will be an indispensable resource for qualitative researchers. Joseph Maxwell Graduate School of Education, George Mason University Pat Bazeley has produced what is sure to become a core text for those working with qualitative data. She covers the whole process from first ideas through to explanatory models and theories without restricting her coverage to just one software package. This excellent book is a thorough and entertaining resource that will be of use to both the novice and the more experienced researcher. Richard Freeman Doctoral School, Institute of Education, University of London 'Pat Bazeley's book advances the procedures of qualitative data coding and analysis. Her work provides a highly accessible framework for both new and seasoned researchers to consider in the analysis of interview, survey, photo and video data collected in qualitative studies. This text would be a great addition to a graduate level course in qualitative research. SAGE once again demonstrates it is a reliable source of academic and discipline-specific texts, as evidenced by Pat Bazeley's newest work in the field' -- Susan Zoll

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