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Birks and Mills have produced a wonderful textbook on Grounded Theory for learners at many different levels of study and across multiple disciplines. The writing is very clear and immensely accessible. Each chapter begins with clearly stated learning objectives and ends with an interesting and productive learning exercise. I would recommend this book to any colleague planning to teach, or student hoping to learn about, Grounded Theory.
Birks and Mills present a thorough introduction to the key writers and principles of Grounded Theory. Their survey provides readers with the fundamental concepts for designing and implementing one of the most utilized methodologies of qualitative inquiry. This is a useful text for researchers interested in not just the basics but the nuances of Grounded Theory processes.
This updated new edition contains detailed guidance on all aspects of conducting a Grounded Theory study, from planning a study and ensuring its quality, to the presentation of results. The authors are experienced researchers who are skilled in conducting Grounded Theory studies, ensuring that the advice is both practical and relevant. The book also considers how Grounded Theory relates to wider debates about research evidence, funding and impact, and it will be an invaluable resource for students and researchers alike.
Mills and Birks' second edition of Grounded Theory is a must read for anyone currently engaged in, teaching, thinking of using, or wanting to revisit Grounded Theory. The authors clearly delineate the history, practice evolution and contestation of Grounded Theory through a well balanced and thorough understanding of the research method. Whether a novice in or well steeped in the tradition, this text provides a clear pathway to taking up Grounded Theory while also detailing the nuances, complexities and limitations of the method.
The book is thoughtful about research issues and unpicks the complexity in an accessible way, working with you as a reader in what could be described as a work book method, giving activity ideas to increase understanding and reflexivity. Throughout reading this book I felt my anxieties about research were understood and validated. The book supported me to grow in confidence and advance my justification of chosen methods. The book is likely to be a useful resource, to accompany seminal texts, for any student or researcher completing Grounded Theory.
This book provides an accessible guide to using grounded theory with its emphasis on practical guidance about how to use grounded theory methods. The authors provide clear advice about practical techniques inherent in any approach to grounded theory. One of the guide’s strong points is that it links the content of each chapter to a worked example based on the authors’ experience of undertaking grounded theory research.
The book is structured in a way to facilitate the understanding and application of grounded theory (G.T.) methodology to academic research and to make it easy for the reader to review any particular aspect of G.T. by jumping to the relevant chapter. Chapter 1 deals with the essentials of G.T., in particular, the fundamental G.T. methods that are the backbone of this methodology. The subsequent chapters then develop each method in more detail.
Great book for qualitative research course for specifically ground theory section
While too specialised to recommend for this module, it has been recommended for additional copies for the Library. Nonetheless an excellent book, readers will obtain a clear understanding of the range of approaches to grounded theory. It will particularly help those considering use of this approach, and those starting to engage with its use.
Contributes a useful complimentary voice in the space of text books on Grounded Theory. What sets this a part is the authors experience as a practicing academic, which is evident in the useful addition of key questions encouraging students to understand and articulate their own theoretical positions.
excellent outline and extremely useful section on 'how to choose questions'. A must for those using GT
very good introductory overview volume
Clearly written, accessible, and as the title suggests, practical.
valuable resource for for undergraduate students
Again this is an excellent all round book that is very useful for the fundamentals of grounded theory. I will recommend this book to my dissertation students, however it is not a book that i can adopt as it will only used by specific students who are looking at Ground Theory
really very useful for debunking the mystique of grounded theory for new doctoral students
A well written textbook which clearly provides a practical gudie to applying grounded theory.
My students do quite a lot of small research projects, with different methods. Grounded Theory is for most of them a black box. And let's face it: most publications on Grounded Theory are not really practical or give you a view in the kitchen. This book does. In less than 200 pages it provides practical guidelines for doing GT. And not in the second place, it lets students think about their position as a researcher in a grounded theory study.
This book provides a useful overview of the developments in grounded theory, particularly around the rather complex processes. Students using grounded theory, either in itself or within mixed methods can underpin their discussions with the help of this text. I recommend this text for them
Was not relevant enough