This book is a guide to research methods for practitioner research. Written in friendly and accessible language, it includes numerous practical examples based on the authors' own experiences in the field, to support readers.

The authors provide information and guidance on developing research skills such as gathering and analysing information and data, reporting findings and research design. They offer critical perspectives to help users reflect on research approaches and to scrutinise key issues in devising research questions.

This book is for undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and practitioners in practitioner research development and leadership programmes.

The team of authors are all within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow and have significant experience of working with practitioner researchers in education.

Qualitative Data Analysis
Qualitative data analysis

We turn now to the questions concerning qualitative data – that is, mainly, words. In earlier chapters we discussed research techniques which lead to the generation of qualitative data, especially interviews (Chapter 8) and focus groups (Chapter 9). But other methods discussed, such as observation or visual methods, may also generate forms of qualitative data.

We discuss how to prepare the data, how to sort and code it, before you develop your analysis, and then how to prepare the report. Computers can assist your analysis, and we touch on these, but it is also possible to have very rigorous use of qualitative data in practitioner research where the analysis is predominantly done ‘manually’.

Preparing the Data

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