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Grounding Theory

CONTENTS

Grounding theoretical statements 88

The discovery of grounded theory 91

Theoretical sampling and theoretical saturation 92

Thick description and theoretical saturation 94

The historical context 95

Constant comparison 96

Staying on the ground 97

Later development of grounded theory 99

Quantitative data 100

Limitations and criticisms of grounded theory 102

Critique from postmodernism 103

Conclusion 104

Theoretical speculation can be a fertile source of ideas for practising researchers seeking original ways of looking at problems that otherwise may seem old and worn. Layder (1998) provides a helpful discussion of the uses of theory ...

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