I am working with a new student. Long story short, I am not his first supervisor, and this his not his first attempt at his PG research project. He's had a tough time thus far: significantly with theory as his first supervisor did not seem to feel he needed any. Quite understandably, then, one of … Continue reading Why is theory such a big deal in postgraduate research?
You now have generated data - in some form, whether primary or secondary - and now you need to code and make sense of it; you need to put it to the task of answering your research question(s). In other words: analysis. This was the toughest part of my own PhD: I had a mountain … Continue reading Putting your theory to work in analysis
This post follows on from last week's post on the iterative process of doing qualitative data analysis. Last week I wrote a more general musing on the challenges inherent in doing qualitative analysis; this week's post is focused more on the 'tools' or processes I used to think and work my way through my iterative process. … Continue reading Iterativity in data analysis: part 2
I'm thinking about data again - mostly because I am still in the process of collecting/gathering/generating it for my postdoctoral research. I had a conversation with a colleague at a conference I went to recently who talks about 'generating' his data - colleagues of mine in my PhD group use this term too - but … Continue reading Data: collecting, gathering or generating?