A companion to qualitative research by Uwe Flick, Ernst von Kardoff, Ines Steinke

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By Uwe Flick, Ernst von Kardoff, Ines Steinke

A better half to Qualitative Research attracts at the paintings of an array of major students from Europe, Britain and North the United States to give a precis of each point of the qualitative study strategy from nuts-and-bolts equipment and learn kinds, to examinations of methodological thought and epistemology. it's one of many few surveys of qualitative examine to undertake a certainly overseas voice.

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Mead) Strauss saw as a priority. If, in this respect, the consultant, or supervisor, of a piece of scientific work also has to take on the responsibility for the process of consultancy of supervision, one option consists of formulating guidelines which the recipients of the advice can use on their own responsibility. Again, Strauss is guided by the fundamental principles of pragmatism when he requires that the consultant should: generative questions, that is, questions oriented to processes and structures; • suggest, as an option, stepping outside this framework and trying out alternatives, when this seems to be advisable; • finally, treat as a touchstone for any advice the question whether this advice provides an answer to the problem of the person seeking the advice.

What role does grounded theory actually play in the methodological canon of qualitative social research? Grounded theory was developed by Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss in the context of a research project on the death of patients in hospital (Glaser and Strauss 1965b). From this starting point, grounded theory has begun to play an influential role in research in the fields of nursing, education and social work. A methodology that aims at developing middle range theories (Merton 1967) is especially attractive for these disciplines of applied sciences.

The first theme is to do with the concept of change, that is to say, it is a matter of discovering certain basic processes that result in change. These processes affect social entities from the individual to the organization; these are influenced by change and, in turn, themselves influence change: in fact they bring it about. The second theme concerns the relationship of grounded theory to determinism. The existence of structural conditions of some action is recognized (cf. ). But the actors are not powerless in the face of these conditions – they perceive possibilities of choice and on this basis they make their choices.

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