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A Crash Course on Grounded Theory

The following notes are taken from Prof. Jonathan Sillito‘s Qualitative Research Methodology Course.


… unit of analysis is the concept. the goal is to:

  1. identify concepts that are important for understanding the situation;
  2. work to understand these concepts more deeply (variation, relationships, …);
  3. build some structure and fill in details.

.. iterative data collection/selection sampling:

  • let concepts in evolving theory drive the sampling;
  • where might you find exception or variation?
  • where is theory most thin? (add density)
  • where might I find answers?
  • going back to data is a form of sampling;
  • when to stop: when saturated.


~tagging / labelling

In coding we apply codes to words or phrases in data.


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