Essay on Constructing Grounded Theory : Chapter 1 And 2
Kathy Charmaz’s book is one of the useful ones when it comes to the construction of grounded theory that is applicable to untrained and more experienced researchers. Carrying out summary and reflection of the book could provide a great overview of understanding the qualitative research methods presented by Charmaz. For this summary and reflection of the book, the focus will be majorly on the chapter 1, An Invitation to Grounded Theory and chapter 2, Gathering Rich Data.
Summary Chapter 1: An Invitation to Grounded Theory
In chapter 1, Charmaz begins by inviting her readers to accompany him through the journey of qualitative research project. To bring the knowledge of the journey into perspective, Charmaz introduces the story of Marie Arlen and her problem involving rheumatoid arthritis. The sequence of events in the story is quite descriptive and informative. The questions raised from Arlen’s story help the reader understand the manner in which to conduct a research and creating data analysis. From there onwards, the author points out that grounded theory methods are useful in enabling the researcher to get started, stay involved, and finish the project. Additionally, with grounded theory methods, the process of research will no doubt bring surprises, spark ideas, and sharpen the ideas of the researcher.
Furthermore, the author provides an overview of the historical context of grounded theory. It is significant to have the…