Grounded Theory Methods – res745 (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide advanced graduate students with instruction in higher level qualitative approaches that was originally applied to social science research; but can now be found in the fields of business, education, and health care, where the research objective is the development of theory through data saturation. Building upon an existing understanding of qualitative inquiry, students explore the concept of data within grounded theory as well as the techniques and processes traditionally found within grounded theory, such as the constant comparative method and situational analysis. Focus is placed on the steps and procedures for analyzing data primarily through interviews and focus groups within the grounded theory context. Competency A: Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical and historical background, concepts, and multiple theories pertaining to grounded theory. Competency B: Distinguish between the current theories and the application of grounded theory. Competency C: Recognize the importance of data collection, preparation, and analysis to identify different techniques pertaining to various grounded theory methods. Competency D: Explain the process of developing a grounded theory design using one of the theoretical models. Competency E: Apply the principles of grounded theory to data collection, preparation and analysis processes. Competency F: Produce an original grounded theory research study framework.

This graduate-level course is 8 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Grounded Theory Methods

  • Competency E: Apply the principles of grounded theory to data collection, preparation and analysis processes. [Wk 2]
  • Competency F: Produce an original grounded theory research study framework. [Wk 2]
  • Competency A: Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical and historical background, concepts, and multiple theories pertaining to grounded theory. [Wk 2]
  • Competency B: Distinguish between the current theories and the application of grounded theory. [Wk 2]
  • Competency C: Recognize the importance of data collection, preparation, and analysis to identify different techniques pertaining to various grounded theory methods. [Wk 2]
  • Competency D: Explain the process of developing a grounded theory design using one of the theoretical models. [Wk 2]

Planning a Grounded Theory Study

  • Competency A: Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical and historical background, concepts, and multiple theories pertaining to grounded theory. [Wk 3]
  • Competency B: Distinguish between the current theories and the application of grounded theory. [Wk 3]
  • Competency C: Recognize the importance of data collection, preparation, and analysis to identify different techniques pertaining to various grounded theory methods. [Wk 3]
  • Competency D: Explain the process of developing a grounded theory design using one of the theoretical models. [Wk 3]
  • Competency E: Apply the principles of grounded theory to data collection, preparation and analysis processes. [Wk 3]
  • Competency F: Produce an original grounded theory research study framework. [Wk 3]

History and Philosophy of Grounded Theory

  • Competency A: Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical and historical background, concepts, and multiple theories pertaining to grounded theory. [Wk 1]
  • Competency B: Distinguish between the current theories and the application of grounded theory. [Wk 1]
  • Competency C: Recognize the importance of data collection, preparation, and analysis to identify different techniques pertaining to various grounded theory methods. [Wk 1]
  • Competency D: Explain the process of developing a grounded theory design using one of the theoretical models. [Wk 1]
  • Competency E: Apply the principles of grounded theory to data collection, preparation and analysis processes. [Wk 1]
  • Competency F: Produce an original grounded theory research study framework. [Wk 1]

Data Generation and Collection

  • Competency A: Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical and historical background, concepts, and multiple theories pertaining to grounded theory. [Wk 4]
  • Competency B: Distinguish between the current theories and the application of grounded theory. [Wk 4]
  • Competency C: Recognize the importance of data collection, preparation, and analysis to identify different techniques pertaining to various grounded theory methods. [Wk 4]
  • Competency D: Explain the process of developing a grounded theory design using one of the theoretical models. [Wk 4]
  • Competency E: Apply the principles of grounded theory to data collection, preparation and analysis processes. [Wk 4]
  • Competency F: Produce an original grounded theory research study framework. [Wk 4]

Asking Questions of the Data

  • Competency A: Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical and historical background, concepts, and multiple theories pertaining to grounded theory. [Wk 5]
  • Competency B: Distinguish between the current theories and the application of grounded theory. [Wk 5]
  • Competency C: Recognize the importance of data collection, preparation, and analysis to identify different techniques pertaining to various grounded theory methods. [Wk 5]
  • Competency D: Explain the process of developing a grounded theory design using one of the theoretical models. [Wk 5]
  • Competency E: Apply the principles of grounded theory to data collection, preparation and analysis processes. [Wk 5]
  • Competency F: Produce an original grounded theory research study framework. [Wk 5]

Data Analysis Techniques and Interpretation

  • Competency A: Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical and historical background, concepts, and multiple theories pertaining to grounded theory. [Wk 6]
  • Competency B: Distinguish between the current theories and the application of grounded theory. [Wk 6]
  • Competency C: Recognize the importance of data collection, preparation, and analysis to identify different techniques pertaining to various grounded theory methods. [Wk 6]
  • Competency D: Explain the process of developing a grounded theory design using one of the theoretical models. [Wk 6]
  • Competency E: Apply the principles of grounded theory to data collection, preparation and analysis processes. [Wk 6]
  • Competency F: Produce an original grounded theory research study framework. [Wk 6]

Data Analysis Techniques and Theoretical Integration

  • Competency A: Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical and historical background, concepts, and multiple theories pertaining to grounded theory. [Wk 7]
  • Competency B: Distinguish between the current theories and the application of grounded theory. [Wk 7]
  • Competency C: Recognize the importance of data collection, preparation, and analysis to identify different techniques pertaining to various grounded theory methods. [Wk 7]
  • Competency D: Explain the process of developing a grounded theory design using one of the theoretical models. [Wk 7]
  • Competency E: Apply the principles of grounded theory to data collection, preparation and analysis processes. [Wk 7]
  • Competency F: Produce an original grounded theory research study framework. [Wk 7]

Writing and Evaluating Grounded Theory

  • Competency A: Demonstrate understanding of the philosophical and historical background, concepts, and multiple theories pertaining to grounded theory. [Wk 8]
  • Competency B: Distinguish between the current theories and the application of grounded theory. [Wk 8]
  • Competency C: Recognize the importance of data collection, preparation, and analysis to identify different techniques pertaining to various grounded theory methods. [Wk 8]
  • Competency D: Explain the process of developing a grounded theory design using one of the theoretical models. [Wk 8]
  • Competency E: Apply the principles of grounded theory to data collection, preparation and analysis processes. [Wk 8]
  • Competency F: Produce an original grounded theory research study framework. [Wk 8]

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