Mini-Project: Themes and the Write-Up
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 in Qualitative 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.
Craft a 5-page paper in which you do the following:
Analyze your interview data for themes.
Prepare a write-up of your interview data.
Okay, I am going to start with this. I went through the interviews. One thing you need when you interview is to make sure you are getting enough information to analyze. These answers were the barest possible and I did some extrapolation from the tone of the answers. More information about the reasons would have been helpful. However, you only learn this with time and practice. My first interviews were with Reverends and such and as you can imagine, there were limits to what was said that was different and more than one theme.
Review what I have here, compare it to the information from the book and add your own information. Then ask any questions or clarifications you might need. If you want to add things, put them in the message part and I can update the post then work from there if that is needed.
Two of the people did not say what they shared in common with the person they admired. One did mention commonalities. One was specific in his commonalities of writing and service, along with a love for people. The public figure chosen by one is a writer. The interview participant finds inspirations as much from the writings of this person as from the person. The positive changes are found through his writing and the respondent wishes to do the same. With this public person, the stated admiration does not come as much from the person as the talents they share. The other public person admired is the President of Nigeria. Again, the stated admiration is from the talent as much as the person.
The expert uses the supplied interviews, a review of potential themes for research.