Excellent. Here's a present for being so knowledgeable (gift)(gift)(gift)
PS - just checked my Findings chapter, but please bear in mind that it was ALL qualitative, and was an holistic view of data with long quotes in places. And that I divided it into four sections: 1. What did they say? 2. How did they say it? (ie was it evidential, experiential, or socially constructed) 3. What mediating factors did they access to expand, limit, or explain that view? 4. What were the themes arising from an holistic/multi-standpoint view of 1,2 and 3? So it was 17,000 words! The Discussion was a further 7,000 words. My biggest chapter was the Lit Review 29,000, followed by Methodology, 20,000. References (thankfully not counted!) were 20,000 words. All told, I did 95,000 as a special dispensation because it's such a complex subject!
What's the line on swearing? I have the words a***hole and b*tch in a quote - I want to use it, do I ** them or just leave them be. I feel a bit rude leaving them!
I've never used notwithstanding! *goes back to edit the entire thesis to add this in*
I'm now quite jealous slowmo! Maybe I could adapt all the quotes to include random swearing? :p
OK, another question....
So far I've been explaining the themes - and then adding in block quotes - between 50-150 words to provide examples of what I'm going on about. On these sections I've just put the quote, followed by (Participant 20).
But now I'm thinking, as well as that, I may want to include 1-3 case studies, well not case studies, but longer quotes, where someone has gone through a whole example, more like 350 words. so....
1) can I do that? or should I be consistent in how I'm showing the info?
2) should I give the person a name? or just stick to 'participant 11' or something - I can't name them all, as I have 40, so thought I might give a fake name to just the 3 longer quoted/case study people?
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