Session S50b (Tuesday, 2pm, Thomas 201)

P569: Grounded theory as a framework for research

Kerrie Farkas (Millersville University, USA)

Grounded theory is a structured, systematic, field-based method for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting qualitative data.  First introduced by sociologists Glaser and Strauss in the late sixties, it increasingly has been used by researchers across diverse disciplines.  Through an iterative and recursive process whereby emerging concepts and categories are repeatedly tested against field-based data, the grounded theory approach permits the researcher to derive an explanatory theory of the site under investigation entirely consistent with the data collected in that specific site.  This presentation will provide a brief background and history of grounded theory, a description of how grounded theory works in practice, a discussion of its limitations, and an example of grounded theory in use.

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