Getting Started

Julianne S. Oktay

in Grounded Theory

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199753697
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932627 | DOI:

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Getting Started

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This chapter addresses the researcher who is considering whether grounded theory is appropriate for his or her study. It begins with a brief discussion of when qualitative methods such as those in grounded theory are most helpful. It then describes in more depth the basic characteristics and key components of grounded theory that were introduced in Chapter 1. It discusses how each of them can be used in the consideration of when to use grounded theory, and how the various characteristics of grounded theory impact problem formulation and study design. Then three exemplar grounded theory studies in social work are used to illustrate these characteristics and key components. Finally, the development of a research proposal in grounded theory research is discussed. Several suggested exercises follow the chapter.

Keywords: social work research; grounded theory; study design; research proposal development

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