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ERIC Number: EJ786110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1368-2822
Grounded Theory as a Method for Research in Speech and Language Therapy
Skeat, J.; Perry, A.
International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, v43 n2 p95-109 Mar 2008
Background: The use of qualitative methodologies in speech and language therapy has grown over the past two decades, and there is now a body of literature, both generally describing qualitative research, and detailing its applicability to health practice(s). However, there has been only limited profession-specific discussion of qualitative methodologies and their potential application to speech and language therapy. Aim: To describe the methodology of grounded theory, and to explain how it might usefully be applied to areas of speech and language research where theoretical frameworks or models are lacking. Methods & Procedures: Grounded theory as a methodology for inductive theory-building from qualitative data is explained and discussed. Some differences between "modes" of grounded theory are clarified and areas of controversy within the literature are highlighted. The past application of grounded theory to speech and language therapy, and its potential for informing research and clinical practice, are examined. Main contribution: This paper provides an in-depth critique of a qualitative research methodology, including an overview of the main difference between two major "modes". The article supports the application of a theory-building approach in the profession, which is sometimes complex to learn and apply, but worthwhile in its results. Conclusions: Grounded theory as a methodology has much to offer speech and language therapists and researchers. Although the majority of research and discussion around this methodology has rested within sociology and nursing, grounded theory can be applied by researchers in any field, including speech and language therapists. The benefit of the grounded theory method to researchers and practitioners lies in its application to social processes and human interactions. The resulting theory may support further research in the speech and language therapy profession. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Language: English
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