Qualitative Research in the Applied Disciplines
This chapter presents the hard work of data analysis, considering the core intellectual processes that one use in engaging their mind to work with data and various practical techniques available to them for guiding the mysteries of analysis. The initial phases of data analysis are very much a time of allowing ourselves to react to the initial pieces of data that seem to take on a life of their own and 'attract' our attention. In the case of data analysis, if an initial sort is based on entirely the wrong set of codes, the collection can quickly become sufficiently vast that it becomes impossible to undo the damage and beginning again at the beginning tends to be highly discouraging. A good coding scheme is one that steers you toward gathering together data bits with similar properties and considering them in contrast to other groupings that have different properties.