“Diagramming” is a core component of ResearchTalk’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift data analytic approach. The goal of diagramming is to provide a visual space for reflecting and thinking through puzzles and qualitative discoveries that you consider throughout the life of a project. The ‘space’ allows you to entertain possibilities for paths to pursue during analysis and can also be a productive environment as you prepare for presentation.
Drs. Maietta and Hamilton will walk course participants through the flexible processes of engaging diagramming at different phases of analysis. As a project begins, diagramming is analogous to a think aloud space. Analysts may group quotations from one or more datafiles to consider how they work together to form clusters of ideas to pursue through analysis. At later stages, diagramming can help researchers assess versions of content, figures and tables that might be included in publication.
Diagramming is rarely an isolated activity:
Drs. Maietta and Hamilton intentionally focus on the process of ‘diagramming’ instead of diagrams as a product. At the end of the course, they hope participants regularly use diagramming as a way to play with data and brainstorm different directions to explore at any stage of analysis. In this way “play” is cast as a necessary intellectual activity that unearths more powerful claims that accurately represent the lived experiences of the people who generously share their stories, energy, thoughtfulness and time.
The course draws on material from: