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Date of publication: October 8, 2006

Catalogue: Qualitative 2006

Abstract:

The presentation of qualitative research findings present challenges which are unique to it as against a quantitative research finding, whereas it is taken for granted that quantitative findings are more objective/scientific/more factual, and need an 'expert'; analysis for interpretation.The qualitative researcher has to present his/her findings much like a tease artist, unveiling information and findings in a manner such that the unique perspective of the researcher is a destination arrived upon by the audience and not jumped to by means of premature conclusions. In a way it much akin to the art of the story teller, structuring the pattern of the exposition of information in a manner such that the interest remains piqued and involved and the finding is revealed as a narrative climax.Comic books have an ability to condense narrative into overviews, after all comic books have converted great literary works into just a few illustrated pages. They condense Moby Dick down to 12 pages and provide a version of Great Expectations that can be read in 15 minutes.This report looks at whether comics can provide the qualitative researcher with a means of putting a huge amount of data in a clean and condensed manner, and flexibility of getting more data if so required.

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