Scaffolding a Study
Readiness to write is among the difficult judgments that a newer researcher has to make, and it is made all the more difficult by our human differences relative to any disciplined process. Writing well is a fundamental competency within all qualitative research. The form of your research report will most likely include some combination of narrative and exemplars from your data set. No single writing style can possibly serve all of the various projects that might warrant interpretive description. Although the mind of the researcher is an integral element in the conduct of an interpretive description study, repeated reminders of that within the written report tend to distract the reader from confidence in the ultimate product. Although most interpretive description does not seek overarching metaphoric representation of phenomena as its primary objective, the use of metaphor is undoubtedly an important mechanism for articulating interpretive material.