Prof. Nigel King on Template Analysis
Authors of this page:Dawn Clarke and Graham R. Gibbs
Affiliation: University of Huddersfield
Date written: 29th November 2008
In ten sections here is a video interview with Prof. Nigel King about the qualitative data analysis method he has promoted and written about called Template Analysis. This is a form of thematic analysis where in order to analyse the data the researcher identifies or develops a number of themes or codes which summarise and join together some of the key ideas, actions, experiences and concepts from the data that is being analysed. Such themes, often called codes, are connected to sections of the text that exemplify them. The process of linking the title of a theme with a related chunk of text is called coding.
In this interview, Nigel King describes the key stages of Template Analysis, how the themes are arranged into templates and how these templates are revised. In particular he discusses how these thematic ideas can be used to follow the development of your thinking about the data you are analysing and how they contribute to the final write-up of of your research.
N.B. these are video files and are quite large. It may not be wise to try to view them if you only have a slow Internet connection.
Use the template to organise codes or themes; arrange themes into a hierarchy; generate themes before data analysis or during data analysis
How big coded sections need to be; same passages can be coded to more than one code; leave space in transcripts to make notes about coding; use code definitions
Thematic approaches to qualitative analysis; use Template Analysis for a middle range of sample sizes and between cases analyses
These videos are also available in the form of downloadable MP4 files suitable for showing using a computer with TV monitor or a data projector.