The wide range of approaches to data analysis in qualitative research can seem daunting even for experienced researchers. This handbook is the first to provide a state-of-the art overview of the whole field of QDA; from general analytic strategies used in qualitative research, to approaches specific to particular types of qualitative data, including talk, text, sounds, images and virtual data. The handbook includes chapters on traditional analytic strategies such as grounded theory, content analysis, hermeneutics, phenomenology and narrative analysis, as well as coverage of newer trends like mixed methods, reanalysis and meta-analysis. Practical aspects such as sampling, transcription, working collaboratively, writing and implementation are given close attention, as are theory and theorization, reflexivity, and ethics. Written by a team of experts in qualitative research from around the world, this handbook is an essential compendium for all qualitative researchers and students across the social sciences.

Induction, Deduction, Abduction

Induction, Deduction, Abduction

Induction, deduction, abduction
Jo Reichertz

I have built and rebuilt upon

what is waitin’ for the sand on the

beaches carves many castles on

what has been opened before my time

Bob Dylan: 11 Outlined Epitaphs

Induction, deduction and also abduction are forms of logical reasoning that are used in every type of research (qualitative and quantitative alike). Together with observation, they create the basis of all research. These forms of thinking are not concepts, nor are they methods or tools of data analysis, but means of connecting and generating ideas. Because they represent the intellectual building blocks of research, they are method neutral. Researchers are therefore compelled to take a close look at the logic of the logic of their thought processes – if they are to ...

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