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ERIC Number: EJ908049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1056-3997
Researchers Who Surf: Riding the Waves of Analysis in Self-Study Research
Conley, Matthew D.; Colabucci, Lesley
Mid-Western Educational Researcher, v22 n4 p26-35 Fall 2009
In this paper, two beginning qualitative researchers describe the challenges and successes of conducting a collaborative self-study. For two academic years, the authors wrote and analyzed personal narratives related to their experiences as a lesbian and a gay man, respectively, in educational contexts. This article addresses the data analysis phase of the research process. The authors attempt to make visible their analytic process in hopes that their struggles might be useful to those who conduct similar research. They rely on the metaphor of waves to capture what it was like to engage in their analytic work. Their experience demonstrates the importance of viewing data analysis as a fluid process that involves reflexivity, perseverance, and flexibility. (Contains 2 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A