In addition to hundreds of new references features new to this edition include: a comprehensive introduction to qualitative methods including a review of existing computer applications for collecting and analyzing data; the latest information about the use of computers and online research techniques, including the use of the Internet to locate actual research instruments and journal articles; updated coverage on new scales, internal and external validity, and new analytic techniques with extensive references on each; abstracts, citations and subject groupings by measurement tool of the last five years of the American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, and the American Journal of Sociology; extensive coverage of how to prepare manuscripts for publication, including a list of all journals covered by Sociological Abstracts along with the editorial office address and URL for each entry; new coverage of ethical issues; expansion of social indicators to include international coverage; discussion of the importance of policy research with presentation and discussion of specific models as an adjunct to both applied and basic research techniques; and the addition of an index to facilitate the reader's ability to quickly locate a topic.

Grounded Theory Research

Grounded Theory Research

A phenomenological study emphasizes the common meaning of an experience for a number of individuals. In contrast, the intent of a grounded theory study is to generate or discover a theory that explains a concept, process, or interaction among individuals. In grounded theory, researchers primarily collect interview data, make multiple visits to the field, develop and interrelate categories of information, and write theoretical propositions or hypotheses or present a visual picture of the theory.

Two sociologists, Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss, first articulated grounded theory research in 1967 and later elaborated on it through ...

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