"Tagging" the literature with the Thematic Analysis Grid: a tool to facilitate collaborative research

Anderson, Deborah, Lees, Rebecca and Wason, Hilary (2015) "Tagging" the literature with the Thematic Analysis Grid: a tool to facilitate collaborative research. In: Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Research Conference 2015; 9-11 Dec 2015, Newport, U.K.. (In Press)

Abstract

This paper will explain how the Thematic Analysis Grid (TAG), a tool designed to help students with the writing of a literature review, has been harnessed for use by staff new to research in a collaborative project. The Thematic Analysis Grid was originally developed to help students with synthesising concepts and ideas to produce a coherent, critical, well-linked piece of work. It comprises a matrix with papers listed in the rows (in date order) and themes in the columns. By using one grid shared digitally on a dropbox, researchers are able to collaborate effectively in the early literature review stage of a research project. The Thematic Analysis Grid also has applications for doctoral student supervision and can be used across disciplines.

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