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participant. Data were tabulated for each participant, using the SPSS program, checking for
frequencies of similar information.
Actual Coding and Data Analysis Strategy
In the research proposal, the initial coding design was the proposed method for data
analysis. In actuality, I found the initial coding scheme to be cumbersome, producing little in the
way of reducing data. I tried coding two separate interviews from the same participant but was
unable to reduce data in either attempt. With such a large volume of data provided by the
interviews, I instigated a new coding strategy in an attempt to reduce each research transcript to a
more manageable amount of data and to produce themes.
Since I attempted to separate influences through separate interviews, some differentiation
of themes had already been accomplished during the interview process. However, other
influences began to emerge during the interview process, and the research participants discussed
topics across themes throughout the interview process as well. The information provided across
influences made reduction of data even more difficult within the themes, so I entertained use of
software packages to produce relevant themes to cut across all interviews. This idea was quickly
dismissed after discussion with several qualitative researchers revealed the complexity inherent
in learning such software packages, and the lack of breadth that often resulted in a cursory
knowledge of the program.
In a final attempt to make sense of data from the interviews, I separated the interviews
into the four influences. In separating the interviews into the four influences, the technique of
mind mapping to produce themes and provide organization of the data was used. The process
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