Grounded Theory ( Gt ) Essay

810 Words Apr 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Grounded Theory (GT) is an established approach used for developing a theory, and it has been applied based on empirical data in many fields. However, Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss (1967) initiate to using this approach in sociological theorizing based on qualitative inquiry. Since then, Grounded Theory (GT) approach appears as a powerful (ke, J. and Wenglensky, S., 2010) as well as a very popular (Birks, M., and Mills, J., 2015; El Hussein, M., Hirst, S., Salyers, V., and Osuji, J., 2014) qualitative research approach for developing theory grounded in qualitative data. It is popular because GT offers researchers the luxury of maintaining an open mind (Birks, M., and Mills, J., 2015) and allowing the data to guide generating a theory. In this process, the emergent findings appear representative of natural phenomena, and the evolving theories are free from any preconceived pattern explicated from the literature.
However, Grounded Theory can be identified as ‘a qualitative research design in which inquirer generates a general explanation (a theory) of a process, an action, or an interaction shaped by the views of a large number of participants’ (Creswell, J. W., 2013, p.83). Glaser and Strauss (1967) use multiple stages of data collection, refine the collected data into categories, and establish interrelationships among the categories for generating a theory (Glaser and Strauss, 1967). However, a controversy evolved between these two originators when Strauss and Corbin…

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