Grounded Theory

Grounded Theory : A Practical Guide

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This highly practical book introduces the whole range of grounded theory approaches, providing a comprehensive description of the strategies and techniques employed in this methodology. Unlike most existing books in this area, it is not written from a particular philosophical standpoint, and is the ideal first introduction for any student or researcher looking to use grounded theory in their analysis for the first time.

Birks and Mills' accessible and highly-readable text is driven by practical case examples throughout to help the reader get to grips with the process of doing grounded theory analysis for themselves. The book deploys a variety of educational activities to guide readers through both the principles and the application of grounded theory, making this an ideal starter text for those new to the approach.

This updated Second Edition:
guides the reader through each step of the grounded theory processclearly explains how to memo effectively, using examplesincludes a chapter which explains the difference between data generation and collectionfeatures information on how to use digital resources to manage datadiscusses the philosophy and ethics of grounded theory within the qualitative paradigm.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 172 x 245 x 15mm | 359.99g
  • Sage Publications Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1446295788
  • 9781446295786
  • 206,267

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This book provides an accessible guide to using grounded theory with its emphasis on practical guidance about how to use grounded theory methods. The authors provide clear advice about practical techniques inherent in any approach to grounded theory. One of the guide's strong points is that it links the content of each chapter to a worked example based on the authors' experience of undertaking grounded theory research. -- Alison Allam The book is thoughtful about research issues and unpicks the complexity in an accessible way, working with you as a reader in what could be described as a work book method, giving activity ideas to increase understanding and reflexivity. Throughout reading this book I felt my anxieties about research were understood and validated. The book supported me to grow in confidence and advance my justification of chosen methods. The book is likely to be a useful resource, to accompany seminal texts, for any student or researcher completing Grounded Theory. -- Hannah Nicholls Mills and Birks' second edition of Grounded Theory is a must read for anyone currently engaged in, teaching, thinking of using, or wanting to revisit Grounded Theory. The authors clearly delineate the history, practice evolution and contestation of Grounded Theory through a well balanced and thorough understanding of the research method. Whether a novice in or well steeped in the tradition, this text provides a clear pathway to taking up Grounded Theory while also detailing the nuances, complexities and limitations of the method. It is a valuable addition to a research method that continues to grow and develop across disciplines. -- Patrick Lewis This updated new edition contains detailed guidance on all aspects of conducting a Grounded Theory study, from planning a study and ensuring its quality, to the presentation of results. The authors are experienced researchers who are skilled in conducting Grounded Theory studies, ensuring that the advice is both practical and relevant. The book also considers how Grounded Theory relates to wider debates about research evidence, funding and impact, and it will be an invaluable resource for students and researchers alike. -- Janet Anderson Birks and Mills present a thorough introduction to the key writers and principles of Grounded Theory. Their survey provides readers with the fundamental concepts for designing and implementing one of the most utilized methodologies of qualitative inquiry. This is a useful text for researchers interested in not just the basics but the nuances of Grounded Theory processes. -- Johnny Saldana Birks and Mills have produced a wonderful textbook on Grounded Theory for learners at many different levels of study and across multiple disciplines. The writing is very clear and immensely accessible. Each chapter begins with clearly stated learning objectives and ends with an interesting and productive learning exercise. I would recommend this book to any colleague planning to teach, or student hoping to learn about, Grounded Theory. -- Pamela A. Saunders
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About Melanie Birks

Melanie Birks is employed as Professor of Nursing (Teaching and Learning) at James Cook University, a role which serves her passions for education, research and nursing. Her primary focus is on the promotion of scholarship in teaching and learning through mentorship and fostering a culture of research. She has extensive experience in international education, having taught in Hong Kong, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. Her research interests are in the areas of accessibility, innovation, relevance and quality in nursing education to ensure preparation of graduates who are industry-ready and able to make a contribution to the profession. Her commitment to research is reflected in her publication history, which includes numerous journal articles and book chapters. Most recently, she co-authored a qualitative research text for graduate students, Qualitative methodology: A practical guide with Dr Jane Mills. Visit Melanie Birks' website at Jane Mills is Associate Professor, Director Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research and Deputy Dean of the Graduate Research School at James Cook University, Cairns Campus, Australia. In this role Jane works closely with students and academic staff to build research and research education with the intent of creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference. Jane's research in in the areas of primary health care, health workforce development, health systems strengthening, and teaching and learning uses both grounded theory and mixed methods. Jane has published extensively in the area of qualitative methodology with her work on grounded theory particularly well received. She has been writing with Melanie for nearly 10 years and together they have produced a number of important peer-reviewed articles and books that have guided students in their own work. Visit Jane Mills' website at
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Table of contents

Chapter 1: Essentials of Grounded TheoryChapter 2: Planning a Grounded Theory studyChapter 3: Quality Processes in Grounded Theory ResearchChapter 4: Positioning the Researcher in a Grounded Theory StudyChapter 5: Data Generation and CollectionChapter 6: Data Analysis in Grounded TheoryChapter 7: Theoretical IntegrationChapter 8: Presenting a Grounded TheoryChapter 9: Evaluation and Application of Grounded TheoryChapter 10: Situating Grounded Theory in the Context of Current Debate
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