Assigning poetry reading as a way of introducing students to qualitative data analysis
Version of Record online: 1 JUN 2009
© 2009 The Author. Journal compilation © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 65, Issue 8, pages 1753–1761, August 2009
How to Cite
Raingruber, B. (2009), Assigning poetry reading as a way of introducing students to qualitative data analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65: 1753–1761. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2009.05025.x
- Issue online: 3 JUL 2009
- Version of Record online: 1 JUN 2009
- Accepted for publication 6 March 2009
- nurse education;
- nursing students;
- poetry reading;
- qualitative data analysis
Title. Assigning poetry reading as a way of introducing students to qualitative dataanalysis.
Aim. The aim of the paper is to explain how poetry reading can be used to teach interpretive analysis of qualitative data.
Background. A number of studies were located in the nursing literature that focused on using poetry to help students develop empathy for patients, to teach students to reflect on their own practice, and to assist them in developing self-understanding. No studies were found that described the use of poetry reading as a way of teaching the skill of interpretive analysis. There are, however, a number of parallels between the principles of poetry reading and qualitative analysis that suggest that this method of teaching would be successful.
Data sources. International papers published on PubMed, Medline, and CINAHL were reviewed to identify challenges facing educators and ways of teaching the process of qualitative data analysis using poetry reading.
Findings. Using poetry reading to teach skills of qualitative data analysis helps motivate students, cultivates a reflective mindset, and develops the skill of working as a member of an interpretive group. Framing interpretive work as being like reading poetry helps students pick up more quickly on the art that is a major component of the work. This approach also helps students learn the importance of cultural and contextual particulars as they begin analyzing qualitative data.
Conclusion. Using poetry reading to introduce students to the complex skill of qualitative data analysis is an effective pedagogical strategy.