Themes and the Write-Up

Themes and the Write-Up
The write-up is the final stage of the research process, in which the researcher pulls together all of the data he or she has collected, analyzes the results for trends, and presents his or her findings and conclusions. This week you will conclude the interviewing Mini-Project that you have been working on since Week 7. For this, Application activity, you will review your coded data and prepare a write-up of your results.
To prepare for this Application:

  • Review Chapter 9 in Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches; the examples of themes in “Stretching” Exercises for Qualitative Researchers; and pages 502–525 inQualitative Research and Evaluation Methods.
  • Analyze your interview data. What larger themes do you see emerging from the data?
  • Consider how you would present your findings to the reader, and ensure evidence of quality.

The assignment:

  • Craft a 4-page paper in which you do the following:

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    • Analyze your interview data for themes.
    • Prepare a write-up of your interview data.

Resources

  • Course Text: Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches

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    • Chapter 9, “Writing a Qualitative Study”
      This chapter focuses on reporting the results of the qualitative study in the final write-up. Creswell addresses several issues that you are likely to come across in your writing, regardless of approach, such as audience, coding, and quotations. He then delves into each of the five approaches and describes how to tackle each one in the final report.
    • Chapter 10, “Standards of Validation and Evaluation”
      This chapter centers on the issue of quality and explores different standards that can be used to evaluate the validity of qualitative research.
  • Course Text: “Stretching” Exercises for Qualitative Researchers

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    • Appendix H: Sample Sets of Themes and Categories From a Completed Study (pp. 245–247)
      These pages provide examples of themes found during data analysis. You will be asked to do something similar for this week’s Application assignment.
  • Course Text:Patton, M. Q. (2015). Qualitative research and evaluation methods (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
    • Chapter 8, ” Qualitative Analysis and Interpretation ” (pp. 602-619 only)
      Patton addresses the challenging process of analyzing the data that has been gathered during a qualitative research study.
    • Chapter 9, “Enhancing the Quality and Credibility of Qualitative Studies” (pp. 652-676, 700-709)

Plus any other additional sources that can be used!