Remaining “Grounded” in a Laparoscopic Community of Practice: The Qualitative Paradigm

  • Rory Kokelaar
Part of the Innovation and Change in Professional Education book series (ICPE, volume 17)


Without doubt, conducting qualitative surgical educational research has been the most challenging but also the most rewarding part of my professional development. In this chapter I share my experiences of a research project exploring surgical trainees’ learning in a laparoscopic community of practice [1]. My intention is to make explicit some of the challenges I experienced from my perspective as a surgical trainee studying surgical education and to offer guidance on key elements of a qualitative research project.


Qualitative surgical education research Laparoscopic community of practice Paradigm Data Community of practice Theoretical framework Individual interviews Reflexivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rory Kokelaar
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  1. 1.Swansea UniversitySwanseaUK

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