This article discusses one approach to conducting thematic analysis using structured qualitative data collected from focus groups. Thematic analysis is one of the most used but often poorly defined approaches in the qualitative research community. The method is principally concerned with the identification of patterns which are then reported as researcher-generated themes. In this article, I use data obtained from the Qualitative Data Repository to demonstrate how secondary qualitative data can be analyzed to produce themes. I note the ways in which this process unfolds as well as how it differs from other techniques.


qualitative research, research methods, thematic analysis

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Chad R. Lochmiller is an associate professor of educational leadership at Indiana University Bloomington. His research focuses on educational leadership and policy, with a particular interest in instructional leadership, supervision, and improvement. He is the editor of Complementary Research Methods for Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. Please direct correspondence to clochmil@indiana.edu.

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