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Memoing in qualitative research : probing data and processes

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Melanie BirksMelanie Birks, Ysanne ChapmanYsanne Chapman, K Francis
This paper explores memoing in the context of qualitative research methodologies. The functions of memos in the research process are discussed and a number of techniques for employing memo writing to enhance the research experience and outcomes are examined. Memoing is often discussed in the literature as a technique employed in grounded theory research, yet there is limited exploration of the value of memo writing in qualitative methodologies generally. Memoing serves to assist the researcher in making conceptual leaps from raw data to those abstractions that explain research phenomena in the context in which it is examined. Memos can be effectively employed by both the novice and experienced researcher as a procedural and analytical strategy throughout the research process. Data explorationis enhanced, continuity of conception and contemplation is enabled and communication is facilitated through the use of memoing. While guidelines exist to aid in the production and use of memos, memoing remains a flexible strategy wherein the process of construction and nature of content is determined by the preferences and abilities of the researcher and the aims and focus of the specific research study.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

13

Issue

1

Start Page

68

End Page

75

Number of Pages

8

ISSN

1744-9871

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Sage Publications Ltd.

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Monash University;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of research in nursing.