- is a general method of comparative analysis [DISCOVERY, p1].
- is derived from data and then illustrated by characteristic examples of data [DISCOVERY, p5].
- will be more successful than theories logically deduced from a priori assumptions [DISCOVERY, p6].
- can be used as a fuller test of a logico-deductive theory pertaining to the same area by comparison of both theories than an accurate description used to verify a few propositions would provide, discovery gives us a theory that “fits or works” in a substantive or formal area (though further testing, clarification, or reformulation is still necessary), since the theory has been derived from data, not deduced from logical assumptions [DISCOVERY, p29].
- can be presented either as a well codified set of propositions or in a running theoretical discussion, using conceptual categories and their properties [DISCOVERY, p31].
- is an integrated set of conceptual hypotheses [DOING, p. 3].
- is formative, relatively inexpensive, and a source of very rich ideas [DOING, p. 7].
- [DISCOVERY] Glaser, Barney G., and Strauss, Anselm L. 1967. The Discovery of Grounded Theory: Strategies for Qualitative Research. Aldine, pp. 271.
- [DOING] Glase, Barney G. 1998. Doing Grounded Theory: Issues and Discussions. Sociology Press, pp. 254.
Adapted from "What is Grounded Theory".