A tutorial and introduction to cluster analysis using grounded theory, with emphasis on the social sciencs. Suitable for introductory graduate-level study.
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GROUNDED THEORY Table of Contents Overview 5 Key Concepts and Terms 7 Definition 7 Paradigms and theory 9 Straussian vs. Glaserian strategies 9 Types of grounded theory research design 12 Theoretical sampling 14 Dimensional analysis 16 Stages of grounded theory research 17 Selection of the research question 17 Ethical considerations 17 Interviewing and data-gathering 19 Data coding (pattern naming) 21 The interview-analyze-reinterview cycle 23 Validating the story line 23 Assumptions 23 Inductive subjectivity vs. intersubjectivity 23 Researcher subjectivity 24 Emergence 24 Iterative, not linear research 25 Sampling and generalization 26 Frequently Asked Questions 26 Is grounded theory just another term for "description"? 26 Is grounded theory just another term for "self-description"? 27 What is "constructivist" grounded theory? 27 How is grounded theory related to pragmatism and symbolic interactionism? 28 How is grounded theory related to ethnography? 30 How is grounded theory related to phenomenology? 31 How is grounded theory differentiated from other qualitative research methods? 31 Is grounded theory a purely qualitative approach? 32 Pilot studies in grounded theory research 33 Does literature review belong in grounded research? 33 What is "memoing" in grounded theory? 35 What is "conceptual mapping" in grounded theory? 35 Can you illustrate how grounded theory is formed? 35 Is there software for grounded theory research? 37 What is classic training for grounded theory research? 38 What is the Grounded Theory Institute? 38 Bibliography 40 Pagecount: 49