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The SAGE Handbook of Grounded Theory

Antony Bryant & Kathy Charmaz

Pub. date: 2007 | DOI:

Print ISBN: 9781412923460 | Online ISBN: 9781848607941

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Sampling in Grounded Theory

In comparison with other types of qualitatively derived theory, the theory emerging within grounded theory has a unique structure; one that links the researcher's developing concepts in stages and phases, as they change over time or appear in different forms. Because grounded theory is based on symbolic interactionism and processes of negotiating reality and documenting change, grounded theory sampling techniques must not only explicate the dimensional scope of the phenomena of interest, but also enable comprehensive description of the trajectory of the phenomena over time. Within this three-dimensional frame, researchers must not only develop the pertinent concepts and their relationships to each other, but also describe their actions, roles, and interactions as they respond to and adapt within particular situations. The key to developing any comprehensive and dynamic theory is the use of astute and efficient methods of sampling. Research methods have been developed to provide principles and procedures to ...

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