In the third of a series of “how-to” essays on conducting qualitative data analysis, Ron Chenail examines the dynamic tensions within the process of qualitative data analysis that qualitative researchers must manage in order to produce credible and creative results. These tensions include (a) the qualities of the data and the qualitative data analysis of these qualities, (b) errors of deficiency and exuberance, (c) tacit and public knowledge, (d) separation and connection, and (e) verticality and horizontality.


Qualitative Data Analysis, Metaphor, Dynamic Tensions, Evidence, Unit of Analysis, Recursion, and Qualitative Research

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Ronald J. Chenail is the Editor-in-Chief of The Qualitative Report and The Weekly Qualitative Report at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), where he also serves as the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Director of NSU’s Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research, and Professor of Family Therapy.

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