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organising, structuring, meaning-making…as you write

Thursday, October 16th, 2008 @ 10:53 am
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It is a couple of weeks that i am trying to draft the Findings chapter of the Thesis, as a first attempt of doing something more focused and organised…and finding it hard and slow process. I have written down a general outline of how the ‘scaffolding’ of the chapter would be and what it may include, i showed it  to my supervisor and he encouraged me to proceed with it. The target a have set for myself is to have something written before i have supervision again so that we can talk with things on paper. As i am trying to write, i see that the data is still all cluttered in my head and in my ‘ raw papers’ of transcripts if you like, although i have done some work with finding important verbatim quotes from participants and so on.

I think that what is happening is that i am trying to construct meaning whilst am looking at the transcripts and reading the participants’ stories. I am writing a couple of paragraphs for each participant so that i can introduce them to the reader and i see that this may take up a lot of word count. I am doing this now without thinking too much about it and will decide later, in supervision, whether i will leave at the main body of my text or in an appendix. As i read the transcripts to remember the stories and write the portraits, i am also finding the quotes that seem significant. I haven’t used any package to systematise those and i do wonder sometimes if i should have done but actually i think that this would not suit my methodology which requires that i have more freedom with the handling of the data rathern that squeezing in boxes etc…at this stage, i am accepting that it is all confusing still and that it will be getting more clear as i write and re-write, even if that is going slow for now…the more clear it becomes, the more easily it will ‘write itself’ .

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