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QDiddy

Messy coding - anyone else

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Hi,

 

I've been a researcher for a number of years and I think that there is some level of mystique that surrounds qualitative research. Even as a qualitative researcher I have never seen anyone else's unpublished coding framework.

 

So what I'm wondering is:

Are people's list of themes REALLY as neat as is made out in the papers I read? e.g. 'Four themes were identified incorporating several subthemes'

 

In reality I've usually got a lot of overlapping stuff, queries over some data that I'd like to follow up in future interviews/research.

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Apologies - somehow posted too soon.

 

I was just interested re: other people's practices and, at the end of analysis if people have a very neat and tidy looking list of themes in NVivo?

 

QD

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It's true, can be very messy. Depending on my approach, I can have up to 40 'themes' that need culling, reviewing, merging, etc etc, as I search for intensity, or prevalence, or significance, and so on.

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