The methodological dynamism of grounded theory

Ralph, Nicholas ORCID: and Birks, Mleanie and Chapman, Ysanne (2015) The methodological dynamism of grounded theory. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 14 (4). pp. 1-6.

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Variations in grounded theory (GT) interpretation are the subject of ongoing debate. Divergences of opinion, genres, approaches, methodologies, and methods exist, resulting in disagreement on what GT methodology is and how it comes to be. From the postpositivism of Glaser and Strauss, to the symbolic interactionist roots of Strauss and Corbin, through to the constructivism of Charmaz, the field of GT methodology is distinctive in the sense that those using it offer new ontological, epistemological, and methodological perspectives at specific moments in time. We explore the unusual dynamism attached to GT’s underpinnings. Our view is that through a process of symbolic interactionism, in which generations of researchers interact with their context, moments are formed and philosophical perspectives are interpreted in a manner congruent with GT’s essential methods. We call this methodological dynamism, a process characterized by contextual awareness and moment formation, contemporaneous translation, generational methodology, and methodological consumerism.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 - )
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 - )
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2016 00:08
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2018 04:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: epistemology, grounded theory, methodology, methodological dynamism, ontology, philosophy, reflexivity, research philosophy,research, qualitative, research, quantitative
Fields of Research (2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
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