How to present the analysis of qualitative data within interdisciplinary studies for readers in the life and natural sciences

Gerda Casimir, Hilde Tobi, Peter Andrew Tamás*

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Abstract

Research that addresses complex challenges often requires contributions from the social, life and natural sciences. The disciplines that contribute subject response data, and more specifically qualitative analyses of subject response data, to interdisciplinary studies are characterised by low consensus with respect to methods they use a diversity of terms to describe those methods and they often work from assumptions that are foreign to readers in the natural and life sciences. The first contribution this paper makes is to demonstrate that the forms of reporting that may be adequate for communicating quantitative analysis do not provide teams that include members from natural, life and social sciences with useful accounts of qualitative analysis. Our second contribution is to discuss and model how to report four methods appropriate for qualitative contributions to interdisciplinary projects.

Original languageEnglish
JournalQuality and Quantity
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 May 2021

Keywords

  • Inter-disciplinary
  • Mixed-methods
  • Qualitative
  • Reporting
  • Transparency

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