Using Grounded theory as a method of inquiry : advantages and disadvantages

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Show simple item record El Hussein, Mohamed Hirst, Sandra Salyers, Vince Osuji, Joseph 2014-10-17T01:58:10Z 2014-10-17T01:58:10Z 2014
dc.identifier.citation El Hussein, M., Hirst, S., Salyers, V., & Osuji, J. (2014). Using Grounded Theory as a method of inquiry. The Qualitative Report, 19(27). Available online at: en_US
dc.description.abstract There are many challenges and criticisms attached to the conduct of research, none the least of which is a notion that much of the research undertaken in professional disciplines such as nursing may not have clinical and/or practical relevance. While there are a plethora of qualitative research methods that individuals must consider when designing research studies, one method stands out - Grounded Theory (GT). Grounded theory was developed in the early 1960’s by Glaser and Strauss. With its theoretical orientation based in sociology, GT strives to understand and explain human behavior through inductive reasoning processes (Elliott & Lazenbatt, 2005). Because of its emphasis on the utilization of a variety of data sources that are grounded in particular contexts, GT provides a natural theoretical fit when designing nursing research studies. In this article, the authors provide an overview of GT and then describe the appropriateness, advantages, and disadvantages of applying it as part of the research design process. Additionally, the authors highlight the importance of taking a reflexive position to stay engaged while interacting with the data, and explore how to apply GT theory to particular research questions and studies. Finally, the strengths and limitations of this method of inquiry as applied to nursing research using a brief case study approach is presented. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Qualitative Report en_US
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dc.subject Grounded theory en_US
dc.subject Method of inquiry
dc.subject Case study
dc.title Using Grounded theory as a method of inquiry : advantages and disadvantages en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.uri en_US Edited.JR

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