Classic grounded theory is a research method used to systematically generate theory, grounded in data, about patterns of human behavior. The Classic Grounded Theory Research Symposium is an opportunity for students, faculty, and researchers to learn more about the process of conducting a classic grounded theory study. Participants may register for individual sessions or for the whole day. The symposium will consist of six sessions.
The “Overview of Classic Grounded Theory” provides an overview of the purpose and process of conducting a classic grounded theory study. This session will also provide foundation information for the rest of the sessions at the Classic Grounded Theory Research Symposium.
The session “Starting a GT Study and Data Collection Workshop” explains the steps involved in beginning a classic grounded theory study. Participants will also have the opportunity to work in small groups to discuss their research topics, develop a research question, identify potential sources of data, and more.
The session “Substantive Coding in Classic Grounded Theory: Open & Selective Workshop” explains what substantive coding is and how it is done. This session will cover both open and selective coding. Participants will also have the opportunity to work in small groups on coding data.
The session “Constant Comparative Method of Data Analysis & Memoing Workshop” explains what constant comparative analysis is and how it is done. It also covers what memoing is and its role in grounded theory. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups on constant comparative analysis and memoing.
The “Sorting, Theoretical Coding, Theoretical Outline in Classic Grounded Theory” session presents the relationship between sorting concepts and memos and a theoretical outline. Theoretical coding is also discussed. There will be a time for questions on these topics.
The “Writing-up a Theory & Integrating Literature & Examples” session provides tips for writing up a grounded theory. In the session, we also discuss presenting examples and integrating literature into a theory. There will be a time for questions on these topics.