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Learning Classic Grounded Theory: An Account of the Journey and Advice for New Researchers

Author(s): Carol Roderick, 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

Graduate students who employ CGT for their theses or dissertations predominantly learn the methodology on their own. As a distinct methodology, CGT is challenging to employ. This challenge increases further when graduate students encounter poor advice from dissertation supervisors who are unfamiliar with the methodology, or attempt to incorporate elements from the many alternative and modified versions of grounded theory presented in the literature. This article provides an account of one student’s experience learning CGT to complete her doctoral dissertation. It is hoped that this article will assist other new researchers to anticipate some of the confusion, challenges, and insights, and growth that they may encounter in their first CGT study. The article concludes with advice for new researchers including: seek expertise, engage in community, just do it, know self, and balance challenge and support.
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