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Grounded Theory

Grounded Theory
A Practical Guide

224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This is a highly practical book which introduces the whole range of grounded theory approaches. Unlike most existing books in this area, which are written from a particular philosophical standpoint, this text provides a comprehensive description of the strategies and techniques employed in this methodology.

Birks and Mills accessible and highly-readable text is driven by practical case examples throughout to help the reader get to grips with the process of doing grounded theory analysis for themselves. The book deploys a variety of educational activities to guide readers through both the principles and the application of grounded theory, making this an ideal starter text for those new to the approach.

This is an ideal first introduction to grounded theory for any student or researcher looking to use grounded theory approaches in their analysis for the first time.

Essentials of grounded theory
Planning a grounded theory study
Quality processes in grounded theory research
Positioning the researcher in a grounded theory study
Data generation and collection
Data analysis in grounded theory
Theoretical integration
Presenting a grounded theory
Evaluation and application of grounded theory
Situating grounded theory in the context of current debate
Appendix A Working grounded theory - An example
Appendix B Windows into grounded theory - Contributor biographies

a great book covers everything you need to know about grounded theory.

Dr Christine Skinner
Social Policy & Social Work Department, Univ. of York
January 12, 2014

grounded theory is amazing but a little difficult for student to understand and use it. this book is easy to read and easy to learn how to use this method step by step.

Mrs Qing Bian
college of communication and art, Tongji University
October 26, 2013

Good resource. Recommended for my MSc class.

Mrs Tania De Villiers
Division of Nursing, University of Cape Town
October 15, 2013

Insightful, an indepth but readable book. Will be valuable for students undertaking further study

Mrs Kat Culshaw
Education, Blackburn College
September 9, 2013

Excellent supplementary text to Creswell's book. Will use in graduate level research methods class.

Dr Dwight Vick
Mgmt Marketing Public Adm Div, Governors State University
August 7, 2013

Excellent book for getting started with GT

Ms Wendy Smith
School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University
June 22, 2013

Excellent clear and well worth reading. A must for masters students

Mr Brian Boag
Nurisng and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland
February 18, 2013

The book gives good practical examples of grounded theory. A good background read

Mrs Nadia Dossa
other, University of West London
January 15, 2013

A wonderful source book for undergraduate and postgraduate researchers wishing to develop their use of grounded theory.

Dr Colin Howard
Institute of Education, Worcester University
January 10, 2013

A very well thought-out and easy to follow summary of the various approaches to Grounded Theory. By far the best introduction to this research method that I have seen.

Mr James Deane
School of Education and Social Science, University of Central Lancashire
December 24, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Essentials of grounded theory

Melanie Birks

Melanie Birks is employed as Professor of Nursing (Teaching and Learning) at James Cook University, a role which serves her passions for education, research and nursing. Her primary focus is on the promotion of scholarship in teaching and learning through mentorship and fostering a culture of research. She has extensive experience in international education, having taught in Hong Kong, Singapore, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. Her research interests are in the areas of accessibility, innovation, relevance and quality in nursing education to ensure preparation of graduates who are industry-ready and able to make a contribution to the... More About Author

Jane Mills

Jane Mills is Associate Professor, Director Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research and Deputy Dean of the Graduate Research School at James Cook University, Cairns Campus, Australia. In this role Jane works closely with students and academic staff to build research and research education with the intent of creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.  Jane’s research in in the areas of  primary health care, health workforce development, health systems strengthening, and teaching and learning uses both grounded theory and mixed methods. Jane has... More About Author