The Second Edition of An Applied Guide to Research Designs offers researchers in the social and behavioral sciences guidance for selecting the most appropriate research design to apply in their study. Using consistent terminology, the authors visually present a range of research designs used in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods to help readers conceptualize, construct, test, and problem solve in their investigation. The Second Edition features revamped and expanded coverage of research designs, new real-world examples and references, a new chapter on action research, and updated ancillaries.
Grounded Theory Perspective
The grounded theory approach was first developed by Glaser and Strauss (1967) as a way to generate a theory based on data that are systematically gathered and analyzed. In general, this is an inductive process in which the theoretical propositions are not presented a priori; rather, the theory emerges from the data that are being collected. However, this process often becomes abductive, with testing of the theory occurring as it emerges from the data. The emerging theory is constantly being compared to the evidence brought forth from new data that are analyzed, as in the “constant comparative method.” The use of memoing (i.e., the process of recording the personal thoughts and ideas of the researcher throughout the data collection procedures) is ...