A Neophyte’s Journey through Qualitative Analysis Using Morse’s Cognitive Processes of Analysis


  • Rachel Walker Griffith University
  • Marie Cooke Griffith University
  • Margaret McAllister University of the Sunshine Coast


Abstract: In the early stages of her master’s thesis the author became increasingly concerned about how she would analyze the data for her planned critical interpretive study. She felt that she needed clear direction about the process of qualitative analysis but found the “how to” of theory development within qualitative data analysis poorly described and vague. A book chapter by qualitative researcher Janice Morse (1994) provided guidance. In it Morse outlined four cognitive and essentially sequential processes, which the author adapted to guide the analysis of data for her study.

Author Biographies

Rachel Walker, Griffith University

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University Queensland, Australia

Marie Cooke, Griffith University

Associate Professor School of Nursing and Midwifery Griffith University

Margaret McAllister, University of the Sunshine Coast

Associate Professor Faculty Science, Health and Education University of the Sunshine Coast