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A reflective journal as learning process and contribution to quality and validity in interpretative phenomenological analysis

Vicary, Sarah; Young, Alys and Hicks, Stephen (2017). A reflective journal as learning process and contribution to quality and validity in interpretative phenomenological analysis. Qualitative Social Work, 16(4) pp. 550–565.

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Abstract

Using selected, contemporaneous illustrations from the reflective journal of a doctoral student undertaking data analysis for the first time, this article examines the relationship between journaling as a learning process when undertaking computer-assisted qualitative data analysis and establishing quality and validity in interpretative phenomenological analysis. The writing of the journal is shown both to enact some potential validity criteria (e.g. in producing an audit trail) whilst also recording and reflectively prompting the process of learning, interpretation and bracketing, thus evidencing transparency. By using a journal inside the software package and alongside the stages of the interpretative phenomenological analysis, analysis within the software package, it is argued that quality and validity become dynamic, not static constructs. These constructs are intimately linked to the researcher-learning-process and permit a critical stance to be taken.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Authors
ISSN: 1741-3117
Keywords: learning process; reflective journal; quality and validity; computer assisted qualitative data analysis; interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 45270
Depositing User: Sarah Vicary
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2016 15:59
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 12:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/45270
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