Questions, Methods and Choices
Edited by Catherine Walshe and Sarah Brearley
Chapter 7: Grounded theory methods and analysis: methodological revisions and practical application
The aim of the chapter is to provide a background to grounded theory and a basis from which the researcher can begin to think about whether grounded theory is an appropriate approach for them and their research questions. The chapter explores the paradigm looking at the ontology, epistemology and practical application. All perspectives and paradigms have flaws, and ultimately the researcher must choose a method by which to conduct their study that best fits their purpose and meets their own concerns and perspective on the social world. One of the benefits of grounded theory is that it is not a homogenous method. By examining how researchers have taken grounded theory in multifaceted theoretical directions, we can look at how applicable grounded theory can be in health research
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