This book tackles the challenges of how to make sense of qualitative data. It offers students and researchers a hands-on guide to the practicalities of coding, comparing data, and using computer-assisted qualitative data analysis. Lastly, Gibbs shows you how to bring it all together, so you can see the steps of qualitative analysis, understand the central place of coding, ensure analytic quality and write effectively to present your results.



After reading this chapter, you should:

  • understand the role of writing as part of analysis;
  • know about the three kinds of written output that are commonly used in qualitative analysis: the research diary, field notes and memos;
  • understand more about their role in furthering your analytic thinking; and
  • see the need to write throughout your project so that when you undertake your final write up you will already have written much that can simply be incorporated into it.

No matter what their methodological orientation, all writers on qualitative analysis agree about the importance of writing things down, whether this is jotting down ideas, collecting field notes or creating a report of your work. There is no substitute throughout the whole period of analysis, for writing about the ...

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