This study set out to answer the following research questions:
Since the research questions for this study were phenomenological in nature, I used a qualitative approach in designing the study. I used the following data sources to help me answer these questions:
Since I did not begin this study knowing how participants would represent their experiences or what they would find valuable about them, I used inductive analytic methods (Hatch, 2002) to distill central themes in the interview and questionnaire data. I assigned “open,” descriptive codes (Saldaña, 2015) during an initial round of coding. I used research memos (Charmaz, 2006) and regular consultations with a senior colleague to determine the most salient domains suggested by these initial codes and developed a coding scheme from these domains, refining the coding scheme using a sample of my data before recoding all of the data. Continued research memos and conversations with a colleague throughout this second round of coding helped me to interpret the data and form my research findings.
© Gabriel Morrison, 2021