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Coding and Template Analysis

Authors of this page:Dawn Clarke and Graham R. Gibbs

Affiliation: University of Huddersfield

Date written: 27th July 2008





In this section Frances explains how she went about her template analysis of the data.




Code generation and initial coding
  1. Code ideas come from: the data themselves, pre-existing theory, your own research questions.
  2. Your own background might bias your ideas for codes.
  3. Use not just descriptive codes but also those that are analytical, theoretical or interpretative.


Rationalising the codes in the Template
  1. Revise your initial codes by redefining and combining them.
  2. Supplement the coding with case summaries.


The development of the template
  1. Revise the codes from an initial coding frame (template)
  2. Develop and use codes that represent new theoretical ideas about the project
  3. Deal with having too many codes.


The participants becoming the experts



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