Designing and writing a qualitative dissertation methodology chapter can be done! Qualitative Dissertation Methodology: A Guide for Research Design and Methods functions as a dissertation advisor to help students construct and write a qualitative methodological framework for their research. Drawing from the challenges author Nathan Durdella has experienced while supervising students, the book breaks down producing the dissertation chapter into smaller pieces and goes through each portion of the methodology process step by step. With a warm and supportive tone, he walks students through the process from the very start, from choosing chairs and developing qualitative support networks to outlining the qualitative chapter and delving into the writing. By the end of the book, students will have completed the most challenging chapter of a qualitative dissertation and laid a strong foundation for the rest of their dissertation work.

Articulating Data Analysis Procedures
Chapter Objectives
  • Describe data analysis procedures in qualitative research and detail steps in the analytical process in dissertation studies
  • Strategize how to link data analysis as a methodology chapter section to the rest of the methodological framework
  • Outline a data analysis section of the methodology chapter and select ways to write a data analysis section
Chapter Purpose

The analytical approach that predominates in the field—thematic data analysis—constitutes the focus in this chapter. Here, the chapter frames the analytical task as a three-stage process and illustrates the steps at each stage. Specific discussions move through an iterative process of (1) preliminary data analysis, (2) thematic data analysis, and (3) interpretation. During data collection, this first step requires you to formulate analytical concepts from (a) empirical literature, ...

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