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Template Analysis

Template Analysis. Developed by Nigel King and others.

See e.g.

Book icon King, N (2004) Using templates in the thematic analysis of text, in C.Cassell and G.Symon (Eds.) Essential Guide to Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research. London: Sage.

Book icon Crabtree, Benjamin F., Miller, William L. (1999) Doing qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, Calif. ; London : SAGE,
2nd ed.

Descriptive and Interpretative Coding

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

Affiliation: University of Huddersfield

Date written: 27th November 2008

Updated; 13th Apri 2012




Learning outcomes

  1. Learn the difference between descriptive codes and interpretative codes
  2. Understand that in Template Analysis there is not a strong distinction between descriptive and interpretative codes or themes
  3. Be aware of the danger of interpreting text without justification or without realising that is what you are doing.




Loudspeaker iconiPhone friendly version of the videoNigel King discusses moving from descriptive codes to more analytic ones and about keeping interpretations within what is justified by the data:


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