Category Archives: Methodology

Looking for theme validation help

One of the challenges I’m having with my research is with the identification of themes within the blog posts. I’ve identified 10 key themes that I’d like use, but I’m afraid that because I’m coding my experience, I’m reading more into the blog posts than what others see. In this way, I’m too close to… Read More »

Writing as inquiry – healing the emotional and mental pains

Richardson and St. Pierre (2008) ask the question what role has writing played in your research? (OK sort of). They talk about how writing as inquiry suggests that the writing process is both an act of data collection and data analysis. The traditional lines established in interpretive/positivist qualitative inquiry are blurred. It has caused me… Read More »

Analysis of narratives versus narrative inquiry

Yesterday, I read a great article by Bochner & Riggs (2014) about narrative inquiry. In it, they use a framework defined by Polkinghorne (1995) to differentiate between analysis-of-narrative (or narratives-under-analysis) and narrative inquiry. I found this particularly interesting in part because my research seems to be using both. “In Polkinghorne’s (1995) schema, analysis of narratives… Read More »

Thematic Data analysis

One thought that I had with the data analysis is to take all the text of my blog and do a word count analysis – that is, plug it into a program that counts the number of times a particular word occurs. Then, taking that perhaps looking at it monthly, but then also by groups… Read More »

This blog – Living Pathography.org

I have been debating what to do with this blog. I generally write my academic stuff at rjh.goingeast.ca and my cancer reflections at bcbecky.com. I had originally envisioned this blog as being my research data collection, but it isn’t really going to work that way. I will use it to write some reflections on the… Read More »