Extreme data reduction: the case for the research Tanka

Rich Furman, Le Conté Dill

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This article demonstrates how research Tankas can be used as a means of data reduction and representation in qualitative research. This study consists of a secondary analysis of several data sources, and utilizes a process of co-constructed data analysis using the thematic analysis and research poetry. The authors explore the nature of poetry in qualitative research. Original data are juxtaposed with cocreated themes and research poems which are used as containers for data reduction and the creation of additional layers of meaning. Implications for qualitative research area presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Poetry Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015


  • Poetry
  • Tankas
  • qualitative research
  • thematic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology


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