Well so far i have read a couple of articles and i think im gaining a better understanding of how i will use it to collect data and analyse it, and also to design my study so that it is congruent with grounded theory.
I understand these things..
♣ Grounded theory is a type of methodology - interpretive paradigm of qualitative research
♣ Interpretive paradigm -
♣ That it is a well organised and systematic approach - good for a novice research as it gives direction; good for small projects as it useful for time bound projects
♣ Analysis of data uses 'constant comparative analysis'
♣ Symbolic interactionism - discover the realities of the research participants, the nature of the objects in their worlds, and how they define and expereince their world. I can sort of see how this is relevant to what i plan to research as i will be aiming to explore the research participants expereince in their acute setting, and the realities of the real world in the acute setting.
♣ Grounded theory is particularly useful in areas where little is known about the phenomenon of interest. Used to generate theory that is grounded in data collection - grounded in the reality of the practice setting.
♣ The focus is on everyday life situations - e.g .this relates to how i am looking at the expereienced therapists having day to day contact with the new graduate therapist
♣ The basic assumptions of grounded theory - analyisis is basically pragmatic - allowing much latitude for ingenutiy and creativity. - there is a lack of "specific rules and procedures" for conducting research. - generating new concepts and theories. - goal of conceptualisation - ability to analyse information well as descriptions are not enough. - rigorous checking and refining of analysis during data collection. - data is analysed and organised after each collection. - data anlaysis and collection are "concurrent" - looking for similarities and differences in the data and considering where to go next to ask questions to clarify emerging theoretical concepts. - open minded reserach but not blank minded research - have to know the topic. -putting aside preconcieved ideas - trying to understand the point of view of participants.- sampling evolves during the process - participants cannot be predicted entriely at the beginning as the reseracher must decide where to move next after data collection and analysis.
Keywords from assumptions
-no preconceived ideas
-constant comparative analysis - to redefine emerging concepts and categories
-rigourous checking and refining after each data collection
-no specific rules or procedures
♣ Best to use Strauss & Corbins Model - as the framework is clear and explicit that is often reassurring for novice researchers. Also it is useful for small studies with tight timeframes. Barrier to using is that an extensive study of the theoretical issues may not be possible.
♣Purpose of study - discovers patterns of behaviour in a particular groupd of people in a certain context - hense interactive paradigm. "discovery" "understanding" and "exploratory". Small study - describe and explain some underlysing social processes shaping interaction and behaviour.
The size of the project determines whether the researcher uses the metholodgy to generate theory or draws on the method as a strategy for qualitative anlaysis. I think i will be drawing on the method as a strategy for qualitative analysis???
♣Research questions are broad, general, flexible and open
e.g. tell me about... how do you manage that...what is the main concern... how do you continuously resolve that???
♣ Skills needed by the grounded theory researcher
I dont really understand these things - maybe it would be good to discuss these points?? But i will look for information on these points next
♠ Used to develop "mid range theories" - limited aspects and concepts of the real world - and its realtionship to "symbolic interationism.
♠ Grounded theory is inductive rather than deductive in approach
-Inductive - the theories arrive from data
-Decuctive testing a hypothesis derived from a theory
***Does this relate to the point above and pasted again below??
(Grounded theory is particularly useful in areas where little is known about the phenomenon of interest. Used to generate theory that is grounded in data collection - grounded in the reality of the practice setting)
♠ How to apply the knowledge of this theory to the design of my study!