Progressing with Grounded Theory

Qualitative researchers often experience common problems such as getting lost after collecting and coding data, overlooking possibilities for developing their ideas, and producing disjointed and mundane reports. Grounded theory methods help you expedite analyzing your data and writing your report. This class takes basic grounded theory principles to the next step of increasing the incisiveness, creativity, and clarity of your work. Our purpose is to help you retain the flexibility of grounded theory while furthering the conceptual depth and scope of your analyses. We will emphasize how to

  1. develop and recognize powerful codes
  2. strengthen your emergent categories
  3. integrate these categories into a coherent narrative
  4. write a compelling report

Familiarity with basic grounded theory strategies is advised. Grounded theory is a general method and its strategies of qualitative coding and memo-writing have been widely adopted by qualitative researchers of all kinds. This class best serves participants who are in the midst of a project or have engaged in qualitative coding and memo writing for an earlier study.

Qualitative reportage relies on art and science—image and analysis. Yet analysis does not stop when we write our reports. We will briefly discuss how to create an artful rendering of your work that increases the power of your analysis. We will also cover strategies for developing arguments, writing literature reviews and theoretical frameworks, and constructing abstracts, titles, and introductions. The last session focuses on choosing journals and publishing houses, preparing your manuscript for submission, and working with editors and reviewers.