Adopting a constructivist approach to grounded theory: implications for research design

Mills, Jane, Bonner, Ann, and Francis, Karen (2006) Adopting a constructivist approach to grounded theory: implications for research design. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 12 (1). pp. 8-13.

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Abstract

Grounded theory is a popular research methodology that is evolving to account for a range of ontological and epistemological underpinnings. Constructivist grounded theory has its foundations in relativism and an appreciation of the multiple truths and realities of subjectivism. Undertaking a constructivist enquiry requires the adoption of a position of mutuality between researcher and participant in the research process, which necessitates a rethinking of the grounded theorist's traditional role of objective observer. Key issues for constructivist grounded theorists to consider in designing their research studies are discussed in relation to developing a partnership with participants that enables a mutual construction of meaning during interviews and a meaningful reconstruction of their stories into a grounded theory model.

Item ID: 3741
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-172X
Keywords: constructivism; grounded theory; nursing methodology; research design
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2009 00:41
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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