unsaturated Open Code in GT?

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    Hello all,

    I’m using Strauss’ grounded theory for my dissertation and I’m hoping that someone could help me answer my question.


    My question is about open and axial coding.


    I am analyzing documents to examine how college students are prepared to teach writing. As I compare and contrast documents, I have developed axial codes from some of my open codes. However, there is one code that was developed during open coding that hasn’t been saturated.

    Even after examining 23 documents, this one code has only occured 3 times throughout all the texts that I’ve analyzed.

    So, what do I do with this code? Is it considered an outlier ( I know this is Quan terminology)? Should I mention this point in my theory (B/c frankly the code is important when I look at my overall discussion of results and it says something about what’s missing from these classes, but how do I make it fit and where)?

     What do you think?


    Thank you for your help

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