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A Tale of Two Methodologies: The Challenges of Combining Life History and Grounded Theory Research

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By: Bronwyn Betts Published: 2014 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases
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This case study describes the research carried out in partial fulfilment of the degree of doctor of education. The study was qualitative in nature with a phenomenological interpretive paradigm. My primary objective is to share my experience of combining life story and grounded theory research. My main objectives for undertaking the research were to investigate what influences attitude to learning, to establish what makes these influences meaningful and to explore whether these influences impact on attitude to lifelong learning. Therefore, the main aim of my research was to explore the interaction between school, family and work and the influence they may have on attitude to learning – particularly in later life. What follows is a case study of how I made decisions regarding the substantive ...

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