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Micro-thematic Reflection

Generally we can distinguish two types of micro thematic reflection: (1) the selective or highlighting approach; and (2) the detailed or line-by-line approach.


In the selective or highlighting approach, we ask: “are there any phrases that stand out? Can we select some sentences or parts of sentences that seem to be thematic of the phenomenon under study?” In the detailed or line-by-line approach, we first need to read each and every sentence or sentence cluster carefully. Then we can ask: “What does each sentence or sentence cluster seem to reveal about the meaning of this phenomenon?”