Methods of Analysing Field Texts to Construct Research Texts

  • lisahunter
  • Elke Emerald
  • Gregory Martin
Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 26)


Systematic and rigorous construction of field texts is pivotal in good empirical research. The previous chapter discussed some of the forms of field texts you might create in a PAtR. Whatever methods are used, there is an equally important ‘next phase’ to the process to help you make sense of what is going on: the analysis of field texts to create research texts. Research texts (Clandinin and Connelly 2000) are the texts produced through the analysis of field texts. Thinking about the analysis is part of the planning phase. Analysis allows you to explore, interpret and make sense of the field texts or data. There are powerful qualitative and quantitative computer software that can enhance your analysis, for example, NVivo (qualitative) and SPSS (quantitative). However, like all tools, you need to know how to use them effectively, and training in these packages is beyond the scope of this book, so we refer you to the many guides available should you want to employ such software.


Thematic Analysis Critical Incident Narrative Analysis Field Text Narrative Inquiry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • lisahunter
    • 1
    • 2
  • Elke Emerald
    • 3
  • Gregory Martin
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Sport and LeisureThe University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of Human Movement StudiesThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.School of Education and Professional StudiesGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia
  4. 4.University of Technology SydneySydney,Australia

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