Advancing Grounded Theory Studies: Techniques for Operationalizing Sampling and Conceptual Coding

Date(s) - 15/11/2018 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Northumbria University

Doctoral Students, Early Career Researchers

The aim of this one-day workshop course is to address two frequent challenges that face qualitative researchers who adopt grounded theory method. First, the course will explain how various types of theoretical sampling can be operationalised within grounded theory studies (open, relational and variational sampling).  Second, the course will discuss the underlying technicalities of the practice of open, axial and selective coding. Moreover, the workshop offers a limited number of participants the opportunity to discuss their own coding attempts and sampling procedures in small groups of three with a grounded theory expert.  On completion of the workshop, participants will have a good knowledge and understanding of how to independently design the sampling strategy for their grounded theory studies. In addition, participants will be able to clearly differentiate between various coding stages, their characteristics and implementation approach, hence use these practices in conducting their grounded theory studies.

This workshop follows a practical approach, whereby around 15 participants will send their initial coding and/or sampling strategies three weeks in advance of the session to the facilitators to be able to look into the submissions and work with participants on their respective grounded theory session.  Based on these submission participants will be grouped in small groups based on the nature of issues encountered.

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