Methods of Data Collection• Questionnaires• Interviews/focus groups – Via email, face-to face• Observations• Documentary Analysis• Individual narrative• Web debates – possible that this may be considered documentary analysis, but equally could be interactive
Data GeneratedTranscripts Field notes
Analysis• Reading and organising• Emergent themes – reading and coding• Consideration for literature in the area and the theoretical framework of the study - interpretation• Themes and categories re- visited - interpretation – Continual note- taking/annotation throughout the process
Ontological and Epistemological positions and their relationship to qualitative different methods of analysisNaive Radicalrealist relativist Grounded Grounded theory theory (Social constructionist Discursive (realist version) Psychology version) Case studies Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) Adapted from Willig (2001) Foucauldian Discourse Analysis
Checking Your Analysis• Member validation• Alternative explanations• Audit trail• Critical reflection
Task• Read the papers: – Smith and Parr (2007) – Nicholls, Holt and Polman (2005)• Check how the methods section is written• Consider the way that the findings are presented in their ‘themes’ and how data is quoted within this.• Focus on trying to identify the differences between the sociology paper and the psychology paper.