Getting to Grips with Grounded Theory: A Hands On Introduction

IS 245

Thursday July 12, 2012

Part 1 – 1:30-3:00 PM & Part 2 – 3:30-5:00 PM

Led by Jenny Bunn and Sarah Ramdeen

Grounded Theory involves the use of interviews and observations to develop theories and ideas. It is malleable in nature, which allows for the research question to develop and change as information is gathered. Initially ‘discovered’ in 1967, grounded theory has become an increasingly popular methodology in fields as diverse as nursing, information science, business and marketing, as well as archival science. It is also however, a much contested methodology, which is widely acknowledged as being ‘difficult’. This workshop will introduce participants to both the theoretical foundations and the hands-on mechanics of the Grounded Theory approach. Following a brief overview of Grounded Theory its history and basic principles, participants will practice interviewing, coding and memo writing techniques in a series of structured activities. Through undertaking these activities, participants will start to engage with some of the main ideas and issues which lie at the heart of Grounded Theory and may be summarized in terms of openness, emergence and integration.

This workshop will build from the organisers’ experiences of using Grounded Theory in their own research and there will also be room to discuss the possible applications of Grounded Theory in the archival world and its suitability for specific research projects.

This workshop is intended for people who would like to learn more about Grounded Theory and to gain experience with its basic techniques. Due to the need to cover a lot of ‘ground’ in quite a short space of time, participants will be expected to complete the preparatory readings before attending the workshop.

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