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Grounded Theory Process

for researchers interested in process of discovering theory through the systematic analysis of data following the classic grounded theory method

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intro - new to grounded theory 1 Reply

Hello everyone - I am starting a PhD. Its focus is an intense telephone helpline, manned by volunteers, trying to pick apart how and why (and if) it is effective, and looking at the "quick…Continue

Started by Tamara Horsburgh. Last reply by Glen Gatin Feb 4, 2015.

using Constructive GTM and Hermeneutics Phenomenology 4 Replies

In what cases do you think using Constructive GTM and Hermeneutics Phenomenology (HP)  in a study is possible?   I think it all depends on the emerging issues in the study…but then there are some “…Continue

Started by Tewodros Getachew. Last reply by Tamara Horsburgh Feb 4, 2015.

How ‘Good Work’ Hurts Political Science

In their book A Model Discipline (Clarke 2012a), Clarke and Primo characterize and criticize the corporate culture of the contemporary US political science profession. Employing qualitative methods,…Continue

Tags: Interpretation, Methods, Qualitative, Political_Science

Started by William J. Kelleher, Ph.D. Feb 3, 2015.

“phrases” as codes in Constructive Grounded theory design 1 Reply

what is the danger of having “phrases” as codes….for instance, I couldn’t make my codes short….they are kind of “phrases”  like the following… Deciding to become independent, Wishing one’s vision…Continue

Started by Tewodros Getachew. Last reply by Jaqui Long Jun 23, 2014.

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Comment by Cathy Evans on November 24, 2014 at 17:48

Stories of African American Graduates of Online Doctoral Programs Needed!


Cathy Evans, a doctoral student at Walden University, is conducting a study.  African American doctorate recipients who attained a doctorate from online doctoral psychology programs at Title IV privately operated for-profit, online institutions that practice open admission (FPCUs), within the past five years, are needed to share their experiences and knowledge of completing an online doctoral psychology program at an FPCU.  The study seeks to explore the academic achievement of African American students who completed online doctoral programs and attained a doctorate in psychology at Capella University, Walden University, the University of Phoenix, or the University of the Rockies.


Invest a little time from your schedule by contributing your knowledge to an emerging body of knowledge.


To participate, you must be (a) African American and (b) must have attained a doctorate in psychology from an FPCU within the past 5 years.  The time, involved, will consist of the following:

  • One nonpaid 60- to 90-minute in-depth interview: face-to-face, live chat, Skype, OR  telephone, and
  • The time you spend reviewing, your interview summary. 


For more information, please contact Cathy Evans at

Comment by Yoly Zentella on November 12, 2014 at 17:09

Hi Glen,

I'd like to join the group.


Comment by Glen Gatin on October 23, 2014 at 3:53

Would you like to join a committed group of researchers using classic Grounded Theory method? Mostly we meet by Skype for regular conference calls and stay in touch through Skype chat and other online channels. This peer-mentored group has been running for a number of years and has supported numerous doctoral candidates as they learned to use the method, working their way around various institutional barriers to complete their dissertations in a variety of topic areas.

Comment by Joseph Robert on June 22, 2014 at 8:33

Is there any paper that focuses on  characteristics of Straussian GT? I really need that to do my own comparison with Classical GT. Thanks.

Comment by Kien Nguyen on October 8, 2013 at 12:06

Hi there, Can you give me some advice about how many interview should I conduct for my GT study? And how long should each interview be? Thanks.

Comment by Bronnie Thompson on November 13, 2012 at 22:40

I'm writing up my PhD thesis using classical GT, but I'm not sure of a good structure for organising it.  My initial thoughts are:

  • introduction (written last!)
  • Background - why this area of research
  • Methodology - why classical GT, discussion identifying different types of GT, and how I identified my participants at the beginning of my study - participant characteristics changed as a result of the emerging theory
  • Present a brief overview of the theory as an introduction to a more detailed presentation of each category, beginning with the "problem" identified by participants, then moving to the core category and subsequent categories
  • Discussion
  • Critique
  • Conclusion/implications for practice

Does this sound at all reasonable?

Comment by Kemal Taruc on August 10, 2012 at 15:47

Any suggestion or reference on how to apply the method for a research on 'urban consumption?' how and what city people consume, spend, and do their everyday life? Thanks

Comment by Dr. Tom Andrews on June 12, 2012 at 9:35

The following has been posted by a colleague, Helen Scott.  It will help many of you I am sure.

Very good news for GT researchers - the Grounded Theory Review is now an open access journal with many examples of grounded theory amongst its archives. Congratulations to editor Astrid Gynnild and the GT Review team. For those of you wishing to publish, Astrid writes that they are "interested in grounded theories and methodological papers as well as papers on teaching and learning grounded theory, and shorter conceptual discussions". What I particularly like about this journal is that the emphasis in review is on improving papers - so those of you who are less experienced in getting published, your work will be in safe hands! Helen

Comment by Dr. Tom Andrews on July 15, 2011 at 8:15

Hi Isaac,

how can we help?

Comment by Glen Gatin on May 24, 2011 at 16:27

Hi MJ,

You may get a more useful reply from the Mixed Methods group


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