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Navigating the grounded theory terrain. Part 1

Hunter, A, Murphy, K, Grealish, A, Casey, D and Keady, J 2011, 'Navigating the grounded theory terrain. Part 1' , Nurse Researcher, 18 (4) , pp. 6-10.

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    Aim The decision to use grounded theory is not an easy one and this article aims to illustrate and explore the methodological complexity and decision-making process. It explores the decision making of one researcher in the first two years of a grounded theory PhD study looking at the psychosocial training needs of nurses and healthcare assistants working with people with dementia in residential care. It aims to map out three different approaches to grounded theory: classic, Straussian and constructivist. Background In nursing research, grounded theory is often referred to but it is not always well understood. This confusion is due in part to the history of grounded theory methodology, which is one of development and divergent approaches. Common elements across grounded theory approaches are briefly outlined, along with the key differences of the divergent approaches. Data sources Methodological literature pertaining to the three chosen grounded theory approaches is considered and presented to illustrate the options and support the choice made. Discussion The process of deciding on classical grounded theory as the version best suited to this research is presented. The methodological and personal factors that directed the decision are outlined. The relative strengths of Straussian and constructivist grounded theories are reviewed. Conclusion All three grounded theory approaches considered offer the researcher a structured, rigorous methodology, but researchers need to understand their choices and make those choices based on a range of methodological and personal factors. In the second article, the final methodological decision will be outlined and its research application described.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Nurse Researcher
    Publisher: RCN Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1351-5578
    Depositing User: A Grealish
    Date Deposited: 24 May 2012 15:20
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:28

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