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Constructing New Theory for Identifying Students with Emotional Disturbance: A Constructivist Approach to Grounded Theory

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Author(s): Dori Barnett

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

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

Keywords: grounded theory | grounded theory review | constructionist | constructionism

ABSTRACT
A grounded theory study that examined how practitioners in a county alternative and correctional education setting identify youth with emotional and behavioral difficulties for special education services provides an exemplar for a constructivist approach to grounded theory methodology. Discussion focuses on how a constructivist orientation to grounded theory methodology informed research decisions, shaped the development of the emergent grounded theory, and prompted a way of thinking about data collection and analysis. Implications for future research directions and policy and practice in the field of special and alternative education are discussed.
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