Drawing from personal experiences of two Ph D graduates who used classic grounded theory in two different universities, this paper highlights key lessons learnt which may help future students who are setting out to use grounded theory method.
Many of the tensions between grounded theory and traditional research stem from differences that are rooted in the differences between inductive and deductive enquiry.
A key feature of grounded theory is it provides for inductive enquiry, a means of generating new theory and new understandings, and requires researchers to identify the research problem from the research participants’ perspectives.
Key discussion points are also identified that students may use when engaging with critical audiences when discussing grounded theory method with other researchers, writing up the thesis, defending at viva or doing conference presentations.
Since its introduction by Glaser and Strauss in 1967, grounded theory is increasingly being used as a research method in diverse areas.