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Data Analysis: Getting conceptual

Author(s): Helen Scott, Ph.D.

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

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: grounded theory | classic grounded theory | qualitative methodology | data analysis

This paper will track my battle to ‘get conceptual’ in the production of a Grounded Theory. It will discuss early attempts at creating substantive codes through the process of open coding which, despite my best efforts, merely produced descriptive codes. It will illustrate the process by which these descriptive codes became more conceptual, earning the title of substantive code and how their presentation in essay form produced a perfect example of ‘conceptual description’. It will then describe the slow dawning of the purpose of ‘theoretical codes’ as organisers of substantive codes and the emergence of a Grounded Theory.
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