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10.5: Analysis of Field Research Data
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- Define analytic field notes and explain how they differ from descriptive field notes.
- Explain why making note of mundane details is a good idea.
- Describe the process by which field researchers analyze their data.
- Define grounded theory.
From Description to Analysis
- In analytic field notes, a researcher makes note of impressions about her or his observations.
- Details that may seem unimportant in the moment may turn out to be important during later analysis; it is therefore crucial that field researchers make note of these observations when conducting field research.
- In analyzing their data, many field researchers conduct grounded theory.
- Grounded theory involves generating theory from the ground up.
- Interested in learning more about grounded theory? Read all about it at the Grounded Theory Institute’s website: http://www.groundedtheory.com/. What do you think about grounded theory? Is this way of conducting research something that is of interest to you? Why or why not?