From understanding the concepts of research and gathering data, to writing it all up and sharing knowledge, this book will guide your students to become researchers by giving them:  • a confident start with clarity on core concepts and getting it right ethically  • step-by-step guidance at each point in the research process, showing them diversity in approaches, the impact of context and how to overcome problems  • case studies of how real researchers embrace the challenges, surprises and successes of research  • an emphasis on the person in context, so their research is reflective of the realities of social work and social care practice  • a guide to writing it up and achieving impact and positive change with research.

Making Meaning from Data : Qualitative Analysis

Making Meaning from Data: Qualitative Analysis

In this chapter you will learn

  • When and why you analyse qualitative data
  • To distinguish between the range of strategies for analysing qualitative data
  • A general structured approach to analysing your qualitative data
  • Some core skills in coding and beginning to work with qualitative data.


This chapter is the first in the final section of this book, which focuses on generating and using knowledge from our research. We focus here on analysing qualitative data. Some of you will be feeling excited at this point, while others may be feeling confused. Any of us who have worked with qualitative data know that feeling … what to do when confronted with so much material – so many pages. Never ...

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