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Grounded Theory Method

  • Brian D. Haig
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Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 45)

Abstract

This chapter examines the well-known, and widely used, approach to qualitative research known as grounded theory. In their initial formulation of the methodology, Glaser and Strauss (1967) adopted an empiricist outlook on inquiry, although one leavened more by pragmatism than positivism. This chapter presents an alternative conception of grounded theory method that is consistent with a realist philosophy of science and an abductive conception of scientific method. Among other things, the proposed reconstruction of grounded theory method adopts a problems-oriented conception of research, suggests that theories are grounded in phenomena, not data, argues for an abductive rather than an inductive conception of theory construction, and makes good on the claim that grounded theory method accommodates both qualitative and quantitative methods.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

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