Finding the stories: a novice qualitative researcher learns to analyse narrative inquiry data.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


Qualitative research skills, especially those used in narrative inquiry, are challenging to develop. While the literature provides guidance on some techniques, such as collecting data, few authors share the complex process of data analysis.


To offer a possible road map for novice researchers learning to analyse data generated by narrative inquiry.


The author describes how a novice qualitative researcher analysed data collected using narrative inquiry with nursing students who failed and then repeated a course. This article shares a step-by-step explanation of how data were analysed, including using qualitative data analysis software to manage the data.


The process of analysing qualitative data is ill-defined, with great variability among researchers and methodologies. It can be valuable for novice researchers to consider the experiences of others when planning their analysis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lewis, L

Published Date

  • September 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 14 - 18

PubMed ID

  • 30187742

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2047-8992

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1351-5578

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.7748/nr.2018.e1578


  • eng