Data Analysis and Interpretation
1. What questions are raised by the outcomes of the initial "readings" (your own and those of others) of the particular photograph?
After reading all the response in the discussion board I realised the importance of
- reduce any bias
- knowing the context
- have a better look
After reading I realised how important the context is. Like the Vietgong during the Vietnam war. For one party they were criminals, “less than pigs”, for the other party they were liberators. Data is information that has been read in terms of a theoretical framework or in terms of an analytic structure of some other kind. The three readings: ironic, literal and neutral raise the question of which is the correct one? Is this possible. It depends in which context you’re self belongs too? The ideological position of the interpreter.
2. How do these questions potentially relate to your own research and in particular to the process of data analysis and interpretation?
If we talk about educational research it still is important too realise what you’re ideological background is. It is important to eliminate desirable answers in you’re ideological context.
3. How do you respond to such issues as a researcher – both as a reader and a writer of research?
As a researcher you have to be continues be aware of this issue both as a writer and reader. At my school I am collecting data of my pupils who are in their third year. I compare their results with the results of the Cito-test when the starts at our school. My interpretation of the results is the same as the interpretations of parents, teachers from primary schools and so on. Who is paying for the research? What kind of society do you want to live in? Is it important to raise the educational level of the individual or to raise the level of the group?