chapter  2
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Cultivating Questions in the Clinical Field

Identifying which data pieces are important, grouping and sorting them into patterns, and considering relationships between the pieces and patterns are all aspects of the complex inductive reasoning process through which one move closer to something that could constitute findings. An important angle to keep firmly in mind is that the entire design and research approach are predicated on the value of inductive knowledge development. However, as with premature coding, it is useful to keep reminding oneself that the label they have designated for each set of similar ideas or themes is merely a device for organizing their thinking and has not become a fixed reality of any kind. Concepts are mental devices for organizing ideas so that one can communicate them to one another and build complex bodies of knowledge. The core ingredients of conceptualizing are ideas, and the mechanisms with which we work with them are words and signifiers.