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Classic Grounded Theory to Analyse Secondary Data: Reality and Reflections

Author(s): Lorraine Andrews | Agnes Higgins | Michael Waring Andrews | Joan G. Lalor

Journal: Grounded Theory Review : an International Journal
ISSN 1556-1542

Volume: 11;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: secondary data analysis | grounded theory | classic grounded theory

This paper draws on the experiences of two researchers and discusses how they conducted a secondary data analysis using classic grounded theory. The aim of the primary study was to explore first-time parents’ postnatal educational needs. A subset of the data from the primary study (eight transcripts from interviews with fathers) was used for the secondary data analysis. The objectives of the secondary data analysis were to identify the challenges of using classic grounded theory with secondary data and to explore whether the re-analysis of primary data using a different methodology would yield a different outcome. Through the process of re-analysis a tentative theory emerged on ‘developing competency as a father’. Challenges encountered during this re-analysis included the small dataset, the pre-framed data, and limited ability for theoretical sampling. This re-analysis proved to be a very useful learning tool for author 1(LA), who was a novice with classic grounded theory.
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