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Grounded Theory

What is Grounded Theory?

All research is “grounded” in data, but few studies produce a “grounded theory.” Grounded Theory is an inductive methodology. Although many call Grounded Theory a qualitative method, it is not. It is a general method. It is the systematic generation of theory from systematic research. It is a set of rigorous research procedures leading to the emergence of conceptual categories. These concepts/categories are related to each other as a theoretical explanation of the action(s) that continually resolves the main concern of the participants in a substantive area. Grounded Theory can be used with either qualitative or quantitative data.


Grounded Theory – Core Elements. Part 1

Grounded Theory – Core Elements. Part 2

Grounded Theory – Open Coding Part 1

Grounded Theory – Open Coding Part 2

Grounded Theory – Open Coding Part 3

Grounded Theory – Open Coding Part 4

Grounded Theory – Selective coding

Grounded theory – Axial Coding

Grounded Theory – Line-by-line Coding

Grounded theorists and some critiques of grounded theory


    • THEORETICAL SENSITIVITY: Advances in the methodology of Grounded Theory (1978) by Barney G. Glaser, Ph.D.                  ISBN 1-884156-01-0
  • DOING GROUNDED THEORY: Issues and Discussions (1998) by: Barney G. Glaser, Ph.D                               ISBN1-884156-11-8 .
    • JARGONIZING: Using the grounded theory vocabulary (2009) by Barney G. Glaser, Ph.D.                 ISBN 1-884156-20-7 .
    • GETTING OUT OF THE DATA: Grounded Theory Conceptualization: (2011) by Barney G. Glaser, Ph.D.                ISBN 1-884156-22-3 .
    • STOP, WRITE!: Writing Grounded Theory: (2012) by Barney G. Glaser, Ph.D.                 ISBN 1-884156-22-3 .
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