Draft Analysis Section of Methodology
Describe how you will analyze your data.
- Start by writing your research question at the top of your post. If your research question is quantitative, include your hypothesis or hypotheses.
For qualitative studies, use a form of analysis that relies on coding, commonly called thematic analysis. This strategy allows you to sort through the words, observations, phrases, and concepts of transcribed narrative data. The goal is to identify the categories of meaning and the themes that emerge across transcripts, documents, and data forms, and that support specific interpretations of meaning offered by participants. Use examples to describe how you will interpret narrative data.
It is helpful to address aspects of trustworthiness, dependability, transferability, credibility, authenticity, confirmability, rigor, triangulation, member checking, and other considerations associated with scientific merit in qualitative research as appropriate to the research question.
For quantitative studies, you will identify variables and discrete units of measure that can be compared statistically to represent, describe, and explain observations of natural phenomena. You will describe how numerical values are obtained, interpreted, and understood. Typically, you will explain which statistic applies to the identified variables; it is important to supply your rationale for choosing that statistical measure.
It is helpful to address reliability—the degree of consistency and accuracy—and validity, or whether the measure tests what it is intended to test. It is also helpful to address generalizability and strategies associated with scientific merit in quantitative research. Use charts, diagrams, and other examples as needed.
When you submit your post, include all of Chapter 3, from the introductory paragraphs to the analysis section. Be sure to revise your introductory paragraphs for this chapter by including a short overview of the procedure and the analysis sections of Chapter 3. Revise the entire chapter based on feedback from your instructor and classmates. Copy and paste your post to the message box and attach a Word file of your discussion. Use APA style throughout the entire document.