Grounded Theory: A Practical Guide

Grounded Theory is a practical guide to introduce the novice grounded theorist to the issues and challenges of undertaking research.

Written in an accessible style, the book explains the complex theory in easy-to-understand language. The key challenges that grounded theorists face, such as how to engage with the literature to satisfy grant or ethics panels while staying true to the methodology, are explained in practical terms.

The chapters on analysis and theoretical integration are particularly useful because they offer the novice researcher some much-needed guidance. The activity boxes will help the reader develop their skills.

The chapter on data generation offers a good overview of the main methods of gathering data. However, the subject matter is covered only briefly and the reader would be advised to consult wider literature to gain a deeper understanding of their chosen method’s strengths and limitations.

Similarly, while the book claims to provide a comprehensive description of strategies and techniques, the reader will need to look in the direction of the seminal works by Glaser and Strauss.

I recommend this book to those new to conducting grounded theory research because of its practical advice on challenges. It could even be useful alongside a text on grounded theory for a doctoral researcher engaging in the analysis process.

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