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ERIC Number: ED398573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 7
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Grounded Theory: Research as Praxis.
Magnotto, Joyce Neff
In the mid-1960s, social scientists Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss developed grounded theory as a systematic and rigorous method of qualitative data analysis leading to "the discovery of theory from data." In grounded theory, the researcher applies a set of coding procedures to the data until a provisional theory emerges inductively. During the analytic phase, researchers record their interpretations in integrative memos, visuals, and balancing matrices. Grounded theory was used in a year-long study of a cross-disciplinary writing center and is now being used to study student and faculty perceptions of televised writing instruction. The promise it holds for composition research is significant: (1) it is theory as process, not a perfected product; (2) it goes beyond description to explanation and interpretation; (3) being inclusive, it works well with research teams; (4) it teases out the political and social components affecting writing and teaching; and (5) it is flexible and open so that additional data can be incorporated over time. (Contains a figure representing college writing and eight references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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