Capturing the essence of grounded theory: the importance of understanding commonalities and variants

Weed, M. E. (2016) Capturing the essence of grounded theory: the importance of understanding commonalities and variants. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, 9 (1). ISSN 2159-676X.

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This paper aims to capture the essence of grounded theory (GT) by setting out its commonalities and variants and, importantly, the implications of the latter for the implementation of the former, and for the truth claims and the contributions to knowledge that a GT study might make. Firstly, three ontological and epistemological variants of GT are outlined. Secondly, the commonalities of GT are set out as
eight core elements of GT methodology that are individually necessary, but only sufficient collectively, to define a GT study. These elements are: an iterative process; theoretical sampling; theoretical sensitivity; codes, memos and concepts; constant comparison; theoretical saturation; fit, work, relevance and modifiability; and substantive theory. Thirdly, the implications of the ontological and epistemological variants of GT for, firstly, the implementation of the core common elements of the methodology and, secondly, the truth claims and contributions to knowledge that might be made, are discussed. Finally, the paper concludes by arguing that published GT studies in sport, exercise and health research have not always explicitly demonstrated a full understand of the commonalities and variants of GT, and that researchers publishing GT studies must take responsibility for doing this.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Grounded Theory; methodology; epistemology; sport; exercise; health
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences > Centre for Sport, Physical Education and Activity Research (SPEAR)
Depositing User: Prof Mike Weed
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2016 11:47
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2017 05:13

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