Thematic Networks
Thematic Networks
qualitative.exploratory

Thematic Networks is a great step-by-step tool dedicated for analyzing and synthesizing qualitative data. It collects textual data and organizes the information into a network diagram.

Thematic networks has three classes of themes:

Thematic Networks breaks down the textual data into manageable clusters of patterns and themes. It explores the relationships between an idea or a matter from a micro to a macro perspective.

Advantages: explores multiple relationships between the understanding of an issue; analyses complex data; lets categories emerge from data.

Disadvantages: strongly depends on data collected in other methods; the global theme may rule out nuanced data; clustering the info depends on the researcher’s interpretation.


Case Studies/Examples

Chess Table Thematic Network Thematic Networks used as a tool to map out details from interviews and findings to help understand the behavior of the people and their relationship to the chess table. Habre, Elena and Murray, Rachel. Design-Led-Research. New York: Parsons the New School, 2015.

Codes to Issues to Basic Themes How to break down your data research from codes, to issues, to Basic Themes. Attride-Stirling, Jennifer. Thematic networks: an analytic tool for qualitative research. London: Sage Publications, 2001.

Thematic Networks on Humankind Example of Thematic Networks on Humankind. Attride-Stirling, Jennifer. Thematic networks: an analytic tool for qualitative research. London: Sage Publications, 2001.

Thematic Networks on Sexual Intimacy Thematic Networks on Sexual Intimacy. Attride-Stirling, Jennifer. Thematic networks: an analytic tool for qualitative research. London: Sage Publications, 2001.


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References

Attride-Stirling, Jennifer. Thematic networks: an analytic tool for qualitative research. London: Sage Publications, 2001.

Martin, Bella and Hanington, Bruce. Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions. Massachusetts: Rockport Publishers, 2012.

Wikipedia. Thematic analysis. Wikimedia Foundation, 2015.

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