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themes were compared to the influence that each participant said was the reason for his or her
academic success. Themes will be discussed in chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
Following mind mapping, I reviewed each participant's interview to create a narrative of
each participant's pathway to success or life history. These narratives will be discussed in
chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7 as part of the data derived from the interview sessions. Since one of the
purposes of this study was to determine the pathways to success traversed by these four
participants, I used these narratives to answer that question. The narratives and descriptive data
from each participant will be compared and contrasted to draw conclusions in relation to current
research findings on student success in chapter 8.
The technique used for coding purposes in this study, as discussed above, was a type of
cognitive mapping known as mind mapping. A mind map is a diagram used to represent words
and ideas linked to a central idea. The central idea has other ideas emanating from the center in a
radial fashion. The technique is used to structure and classify ideas, organize, and solve complex
issues. Mind mapping was popularized by Tony Buzan (1991). Mind mapping has some general
foundations, but Buzan (1991) has advocated free interpretation of mind mapping to
accommodate different styles. Buzan (1991) advocates use of mind mapping to take notes during
speeches, lectures, videos, meetings, and interviews, which was why I chose this technique to
make sense of the information contained in the participant interviews. The Buzan technique of
mind mapping was what I used in analyzing concepts and creating the themes derived from the
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