Transforming Qualitative Information: Thematic Analysis and Code Development

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SAGE, Apr 16, 1998 - Social Science - 184 pages
Thematic analysis, a process for encoding qualitative information, can be thought of as a bridge between the language of qualitative research and the language of quantitative research. The author helps researchers understand thematic analysis, a process that is a part of many qualitative methods, and provides clear guidelines about developing techniques to apply it to one's own research. He shows how to sense themes, the first step in analyzing information, as well as how to develop codes, through the use of numerous examples from research settings. Research-design issues, such as identifying, sampling, scoring and scaling, and reliability are addressed. This original volume confronts the debate between positivist and postmodernist, looking at research in an innovative way, and argues for an ecumenical approach to doing research.
 

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Contents

Coding as Issues of Sampling
54
Developing Themes and a Code Using
67
Developing Themes Using the TheoryDriven
99
Scoring Scaling and Clustering Themes
128
Reliability Is Consistency of Judgment
144
Challenges
160
References
169
Index
175
About the Author
183
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