Exercise 4

1. Write up the data :

  • choose typical examples? significant examples?
  • attempt to 'exhaust the data' by giving an account of a whole transcript?
  • 'disclose' problems with the data, with your own objectivity and the impact you may have had on the data?

2.   Evaluate data gained and interpretations made of them:

  • critically reflect on design, implementation, recording data
  • summarise the main pros and cons of the techniques by referring to the literature ( eg Cicourel, Clough)
  • compare results from any other relevant studies
  • attempt 'triangulation' with other observers
  • consider 'respondent validity' checks (ie ask the participants to evaluate your findings)