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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

Prof. Nigel King




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.

Movie iconN.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.



1. Constructing the Template

Use the template to organise codes or themes; arrange themes into a hierarchy; generate themes before data analysis or during data analysis

2. Coding

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

3. Comparison with other coding approaches

Thematic approaches to qualitative analysis; use Template Analysis for a middle range of sample sizes and between cases analyses

4. Descriptive and interpretative coding

5. Revising the template

6. Interpretation

7. How many themes?

8. Other relationships between themes in the template

9. Doing the write-up

10. Comparison with other analytic approaches

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.



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