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‘Inner Data Analysis’ (West, 2005)

Thursday, May 7th, 2009 @ 12:36 pm
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It has been a long time now that i am trying to write and constantly manoeuvre the findings chapter of my thesis, it is like driving a big van where you need to have awareness of its size and its edges without really being able to see them. I realise that the analysis and the writing are two activities that happen simultaneously. My methodology and particular research process has not got clear-cut steps of analysis (like in grounded theory for example) and sometimes this makes me feel on edge about what i am doing. On the other hand, the more i get into doing what i keep doing intuitively and the more i read about how others did a similar process, it all feels right somehow, although quite stressful. It is again the whole reaction to the unknown and the surrendering to the process. I have been doing it for so long now, i am kind of not that scared of the deep sea, i am a good ‘swimmer’. It is just that it is exhausting and i find that i need to be sleeping longer hours, as if my body and mind need to switch off…and then, more dreams come in my sleep, so not much ‘escape’ really! i am now more comfortable with the idea that this journey is to be taken very consciously and i see how i transform in the way that i am reflecting on things, the researcher in me keeps maturing and growing…and the practitioner too, i see how sharp i am with supervising the Diploma students at work. The whole process is so eloquently discussed by my supervisor in his 2005 book, where he calls it ‘inner data analysis’; i have been reading this section again and i am re-visiting the writing of the findings chapter, still a lot to do, still decisions to be made there, i try things and see if they make sense, my meaning-making process is quite deep at present…i immerse, incubate, illuminate, explicate and so on, all over again, variosu times, the whole research process has its own temperament and mood – i try to respect the natural flow but also remain disciplines, as much as i can, whilst looking after myself with short breaks or nurturing treats (good food, sleep, going for a walk, seeing friends, dance, exercise)

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