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  1. WRITING UP Chapter 17

  2. Introduction • In qualitative research the process of writing up your research is just as important as doing the research itself • The qualitative researcher, by definition, is someone who ‘writes about people’ • It is easy to underestimate the importance of writing- up and the time it takes Writing up

  3. Why write? • The only way that most people can learn about your work is through the finished article, thesis, or book • An article or book can be read by hundreds if not thousands of people • A well-written article gets your message across to your intended audience • A badly-written articlewill be misunderstood and misinterpreted by everyone who reads it • If you want to write, it is important to write well Writing Up

  4. A sample writing template Writing up

  5. Writing styles and genres Van Maanen (1998) lists three writing styles in ethnography: The realist style is told almost exclusively through the eyes of the natives, virtually ignoring the role of the researcher in the writing of the story. The article or book reads as if it were an extremely objective, authoritative and politically neutral account The confessional tale adopts a highly personalized and self-absorbed style. The emphasis is not at all on the natives’ perspective, but rather on the field worker’s experience The impressionist style focuses on the recall of experiences and impressions from the field. The author attempts to capture a scene in a moment of time, and presents the doing of fieldwork in a novelistic way Writing up

  6. Writing styles and genres (2) The narrative style tends to see the case study or ethnography as the writing of history The literary style uses fiction-writing techniques to tell the story. The author uses dramatic plots, narration and so forth to tell us about the research findings The jointly told style is where the research report or article is co-authored by the researcher and a ‘native’ Writing up

  7. Some practical suggestions Start writing as soon as possible Write a good ‘story’ Data selection – include some direct quotations if possible Get the details right first time Consider using bibliographic database and reference management software such as EndNote or ProCite Writing up