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Evaluating Quality

Julianne S. Oktay

in Grounded Theory

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199753697
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932627 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753697.003.0005

Series: Pocket Guides to Social Work Research Methods

Evaluating Quality

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This chapter addresses ideas of quality in classic and newer versions of grounded theory. It emphasizes that in grounded theory, credibility is related to the application of the grounded theory method, as well as to the theory that is produced and to its applicability to practice. It also explores how the contributions of social work authors on evaluating and enhancing quality in qualitative research can be used in grounded theory studies. The chapter includes illustrations of how quality is addressed in grounded theory social work research. It ends with suggested exercises for readers to assess grounded theory studies and to enhance credibility/trustworthiness in their own research.

Keywords: grounded theory studies; credibility; social work research

Chapter.  6932 words.  Illustrated.

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