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I wondered whether anyone was able to help a (very) distant learner out by pointing me in the direction of an electronic copy of the above book?
Sods Law, my university has TWO copies available for long term loan, but 28 hours of travel are required in order to retrieve a copy! My final option is to purchase the book, but I'm slowly becoming better stocked than the local library because of the distance from my 'home' to the university. If I'm able to save a few pennies/dollars on this occasion then that would be great!
Many thanks in advance
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I am struggling with this issue literally at this very moment! I am currently writing my results and discussion chapters, and in preparation I downloaded and saved a lot of literature that I wanted to refer to, but I now have so many papers I don't know what I have! Like you I had papers saved in different folders, but it just wasn't working for me (my memory isn't the strongest). So what I done is create a table in Word; I skim read each paper and assigned it a general 'theme', i.e. policy, education, etc., and assigned this information to the first column in my table. I then recorded the author's name and year of publication, title of the paper and any findings that are significant to my study (this helps if you have already completed your initial analysis of the data or know what you are going to report). I now have a table that runs over 20+ pages, but it will make the task SO much easier when I'm writing about, say confidence or communication, as I can do a simple CTRL & F search and find all the literature relating to that area! It has taken me days to complete, but I feel it will so be worth my time.
In regards to my data, I too have used NVivo and it has been brilliant. If you're doing qualitative research, which is sounds like you are by your comment regarding interview notes, I would thoroughly recommend it.
Please keep us updated as to how you decide to proceed. We could end up learning a thing or two from you!
Good luck, RLD
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I wondered whether anyone was able to access the following article for me please:
McConkey, R. (2001). 'Employment aspirations of people with learning disabilities attending day centres', Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 5 (4), 309-318
A huge thanks in advance! And a sprout leaf to further display my gratitude (sprout) ;-)
I also have used semi-structured interviews in the hope of picking out 'themes'. I have come across several analytical approaches that seem to be applicable to this type of analysis, but to date have been unable to pinpoint how they all differ! The terms I have come across (which may be of use to you) are: thematic analysis, narrative analysis and content analysis. I'm hoping that the following books will help me clarify the differences between the approaches:
- Making Sense of Qualitative Data: Complimentary Research Strategies (Coffey and Atkinson, 1996)
- Qualitative Data Analysis: An Expanded Sourcebook (Miles and Huberman, 1994)
- Analyzing Social Settings: A Guide to Qualitative Observation and Analysis (Lofland, 2006)
What works for me is tackling one chapter at a time and writing a REALLY detailed plan of that chapter before physically writing anything. For example, I will write a list of say the five big areas I want to discuss within that chapter. Then I will make a list of the sub-sections I want to discuss within each of those main sections. When I get to the point where each point represents a paragraph, I list the main points that I want to discuss within that paragraph and then 'beef up' each point into a sentence. Hey presto you have a draft chapter! ;-) (if only it was that easy ... :-s)
Using this approach I am also able to allocate an approx. word count for each section, what prevents me from babbling on for too long. I'm not very good at parting with words that I have already put on paper.
Thank you so much for your response!
I think! (she says dangerously :p) I have a mental picture of how I'm going to structure my million and one codes, so am going to give it a go tomorrow and see how it goes!
If I have any other silly questions would you mind if I came back to you? I'm waiting to get the okay from LinkedIn to access that group you mentioned, so thanks for that too!
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