Specific published examples that mix qualitative and quantitative data, methods, and techniques help readers troubleshoot challenges with different types of data as they develop their own GT expertise. Test Your Knowledge questions at the end of each chapter allow readers to check their understanding of the chapter’s main elements. Suggestions for further reading make it easy for readers to explore additional literature related to chapter topics. Valuable appendices offer examples of the differences between qualitative description and conceptualization, conceptual elaboration of qualitative data, and mixed methods GT. A comprehensive glossary of key terms, extracts from three studies that used classic GT approaches, examples of coding, and examples of diagrams in the back of the book serve as helpful resources to promote reader comprehension.

Finding Your Data

After studying this chapter, you will:

  • understand grounded theory’s use of data
  • know how to collect data for a grounded theory study
  • understand the iterative nature of data collection and analysis in doing grounded theory


As grounded theorists, we have the wonderful freedom to identify and utilize in our analyses any and all data obtained from any relevant, available source. Doing so enhances the power of our theories to explain what is really going on. We use the data as we choose and find it to explain the pattern of behavior at issue. This explanatory power is a primary reason that many of us are drawn to GT. Its conceptual power renders GT valuable not only for theorists but also for practitioners ...

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