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Grounded Theory for Qualitative Research

Grounded Theory for Qualitative Research
A Practical Guide

  • Cathy Urquhart - Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, Lund University, Sweden

December 2012 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Based on the author's own wealth of experience this timely, engaging book helps first-time researchers to discover the excitement of grounded theory method.

Fresh, innovative and clear, this book traces the history and development of grounded theory method, and examines how the method is evolving for new contexts today. It sets out the principles involved in using grounded theory method and explains the process and theory associated with coding in grounded theory.

The book introduces us to the practicalities of research design, theory building, coding and writing up and gives us the tools to tackle key questions:

  • What is grounded theory?
  • How do we code and theorize using grounded theory?
  • How do we write up a grounded theory study?

This is an exciting new text for students and researchers across the social sciences who want to use grounded theory method.

Grounded Theory Method (GTM)
Getting Started With Coding
Research Design Using GTM
Coding and Conceptualizing
Building the Theory
Scaling up the Theory
Writing up a Grounded Theory Study
The Contribution of GTM: Some Reflections

The book is well written and structured. It is particularly helpful in the construction of theory section - it seems that one of the main reasons that PhD students fail to graduate is because the contribution to theory is insufficient. This book assists them to "see' what needs to be done

Professor Teresa Carmichael
Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand
May 21, 2014

A well written practical guide explaining the principles of applying grounded theory to any research project.

Mr Michael Parsons
Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales
March 18, 2014

This book provides a useful and thoughtful stage by stage guide through the theory and practice of grounded theory. The chapter on 'building theory' is not only useful within this methodology but would be a useful framework for students developing such skills for use in other research approaches.

Mrs Irene Foster
School of Health, McTimoney College of Chiropractic
January 15, 2014

Very straight forward. Grabs reader from the start via the optins that GT offers

Miss Helen Thornalley
Education, St Mary's College
January 3, 2014

This provides a sound grounding for students new to research

Ms Karen Perry
insistitute of education, Manchester Metropolitan University
December 18, 2013

Very useful

Dr Margarete Parrish
School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University
December 3, 2013

Supported understanding across students research, use across multiple levels effectively.

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
November 29, 2013

Thuis is a good book which students can use for guiding them through the stages of Grounded Theory

Dr Koen Kooy
International Business and Management, Hogeschool Rotterdam
November 26, 2013

This is a useful book for the undergraduate student looking to having a clearer understanding of grounded theory. It is a helpful guide when they are analysing their final year dissertation.

Miss Faye Doris
Health , Unuiversity of Plymouth
October 22, 2013

Clearly written, well-researched and easy to understand. Cathy has made Grounded Theory a very accessible methodology.

Dr Joanna Semlyen
Psychology , London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
October 10, 2013

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