Exploring 100 key questions (and answers) on the nature and practice of qualitative inquiry, this unique book addresses the practical decisions that researchers must make in their work, from the design of the study, through ethics approval, implementation, and writing. The book’s quick-scan, question-and-answer format make it ideal as a supplementary text or as a ready reference for graduate students preparing for comprehensive exams and writing research proposals, undergraduates in affiliated programs who will not be taking a primary course in qualitative research methods, and researchers working across disciplines in academic or practice environments.

What Is the Difference Between “Themes,” “Codes,” and “Categories”?

What Is the Difference Between “Themes,” “Codes,” and “Categories”?

Qualitative researchers use a mix of terms to describe the analysis processes in which they engage. These terms will vary depending on the methodology used in the particular study, so researchers need to review and define key concepts within the context of the specific research design they have chosen. However, there are some common ways to think about the analytic concepts that emerge during qualitative analysis. Often called “emergent themes,” these concepts are the core findings related to the patterns and issues that arise from inductive analysis of qualitative data. In any single dataset, several major and minor themes will emerge related to the research questions examined ...

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