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Developing Theory Through Qualitative Inquiry

Developing Theory Through Qualitative Inquiry

First Edition

March 2024 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This unique text shows researchers how to develop theories derived through qualitative inquiry. Johnny Saldaña illustrates how a theory is a research-based statement with an accompanying explicating narrative that contains six properties: concepts, propositional logic, parameters/variation, explanation/causation, generalizability/transferability, and the improvement of social life. The book features hundreds of examples of theories and metatheories from a wide range of disciplines and includes end-of-chapter activities for exercising the skills necessary to develop original theories. Just as Saldaña demystifies coding and qualitative data analysis in his bestselling Sage books, Developing Theory Through Qualitative Inquiry presents an accessible introduction to the principles and methods of theorizing for social insight.

Chapter 1 Defining Theory
Chapter 2 Concepts
Chapter 3 Propositions
Chapter 4 Parameters and Variation
Chapter 5 Explanation
Chapter 6 Generalizability and Transferability
Chapter 7 Improving Social Life
Chapter 8 Synthesizing the Six Properties
Chapter 9 Modeling a Theory
Chapter 10 Evaluating a Theory
Chapter 11 Conclusion

The author brings years of experience as a researcher, teacher, and writer into this excellent volume in ways that will elevate the importance of qualitative research in academia and in society.

Timothy Gunnells
Amridge University

This text will provide qualitative researchers with the tools to both generate theory in creative ways and champion the power of their research.

Angela Hooser
University of South Florida

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Johnny Saldaña

Johnny Saldaña is Professor Emeritus from Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Film, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, where he taught from 1981 to 2014. He received his BFA in Drama and English Education in 1976, and MFA in Drama Education in 1979 from the University of Texas at Austin.Saldaña is the author of Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change through Time (AltaMira Press, 2003); Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2011); Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press, 2011); Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind (Sage Publications, 2015... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781071917541