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divergence rather than convergence, these tests of validity and reliability were the only means of
making sure that the data were accurate, representative, and reliable.
An initial design for data analysis proved unsuccessful. After several attempts to use the
initial coding design outlined below failed, another coding strategy using the mind mapping
technique was devised. Description of both data analysis designs follows.
Initial Coding Design
The first coding of each final transcript was done based on the four influences-family
background, cultural background, educational background, and personal perceptions and goals.
A second round of coding of each transcript was done the next day to review the initial coding
and note any differences of opinion from the first round of coding. After the final transcript was
coded twice for the four influences, individual incidents or phrases coded within the transcript
were separated into the four categories. Each category was then tabulated to determine the
number of influences in each interview that fell under the four categories. After the categories
were tabulated, each individual category was reanalyzed for similarities in phrasing. All
similarities in phrasing were noted and further organized into categories within each influence.
Each influence category was coded two times to double check the accuracy of coding and further
division into subcategories. Subcategories were then put into a separate matrix and tabulated
based on each interview and each interview subject. After all interviews were coded in this way,
all data from each participant were combined to form a supermatrix for each individual
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