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.

Shaping the Theory

After studying this chapter, you will be able to:

  • articulate the role of theoretical sampling, theoretical saturation, and theoretical coding in shaping an emerging grounded theory
  • utilize theoretical sampling and theoretical saturation to build emergent concepts and categories
  • utilize theoretical coding to integrate a grounded theory

Our purpose in this chapter is to explain key techniques for giving shape to the theory as it emerges and develops. As we have set out in earlier chapters, GT is an elegant and intricate approach to capturing and conceptualizing latent patterns in social settings. While too complex to be approached in a linear fashion, GT is readily embraced by our innate capacity for pattern recognition through preconscious processing (Glaser, 1998, p. 50). In this chapter, we will explore ...

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