Grounded Theory and Flexibility – (Luckerhoff & Guillemette, 2011) « phd monkey

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8Sep/11

Grounded Theory and Flexibility – (Luckerhoff & Guillemette, 2011)

The instruments of elasticity and openness be part of the researchers tool chest. According to Luckerhoff and Guillemette (2011), “traditional grounded theory method is characterized by the circularity of the general research method, the suspension of references to theoretical frameworks, and theoretical sampling” (p. 2).

Many qualitative methods are based in grounded theory. As a result of the variety of qualitative methods, the purposes of quality and precision are an increasing challenge. Luckerhoff and Guillemetten imply this difficulty in measurement can lead researchers to experience disapproval and rejection from evaluation committees. They recommend researchers submit some of their expected results, “such as information about a plausible sample, while remaining aware that theoretical sampling may lead the researcher to a different sample during the course of the study” (Luckerhoff & Guillemetten, 2011, p. 14).

Flexibility and being open to new additions to one’s sample can help the researcher during investigation. In fact being flexible is a must possesses life skill from which we can all benefit. Being open and able to adapt are exceptional traits not only for researchers, but for everyone to try to develop.

Luckerhoff, J., & Guillemette, F. (2011). The Conflicts between Grounded Theory Requirements and Institutional Requirements for Scientific Research. The Qualitative Report, 16(2), 396+.

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