Coding Qualitative Data, Qualitative Data Analysis, Dissertation Analysis
You have worked hard…You have passed you dissertation proposal… You made it through IRB… You collected your data… Now you are stuck! What do you do next? How do you make sense of everything you collected? Does this sound familiar?
Over 16 years I have worked with over 5000 doctoral candidates to assist them with understanding how to analyze their data.
If you are in this position, here are some tips to assist you:
- Re-read your methodological approach (e.g. grounded theory, phenomenology, case study, etc.). Make sure you understand it and the nuances that differentiate your approach from others.
- Read books on coding qualitative data such as: The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers by Johnny Saldaña and Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook Third Edition by Matthew B. Miles, Michael Huberman, and Johnny Saldana.
- Look up peer-review articles (pull 3-5 articles) that have used your approach. Pay attention to the methodology and results sections. Use these as a model to analyze and report your results.
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