Grounded Theory for Qualitative Research

A Practical Guide

by Cathy Urquhart

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  • 1847870546
  • 9781847870537
  • 9781847870544
  • 9781446271582
  • 9781446289716
Based on the author's own wealth of experience this timely, engaging book helps first-time researchers to discover the excitement of grounded theory.

Fresh, innovative and clear this book traces the history and development of grounded theory method, and examines how the method is evolving for new contexts today. It sets out the principles involved in using grounded theory and explains the process and theory associated with coding in grounded theory.

The book introduces us to the practicalities of research design, theory building, coding and writing up and gives us the tools to tackle key questions:

- What is grounded theory?

- How do we code and theorise using grounded theory?

- How do we write up a grounded theory study?

This is an exciting new text for students and researchers across the social sciences who want to use grounded theory.


  • SAGE Publications; November 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446271582
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Grounded Theory for Qualitative Research
  • Author: Cathy Urquhart
  • Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1847870546
  • 9781847870537
  • 9781847870544
  • 9781446271582
  • 9781446289716

In The Press

This book provides an excellent practical introduction for postgraduate students wanting to know "how to" use grounded theory
Michael D. Myers
University of Auckland


Student Feedback:

Words can't explain how glad I am to have been able to get hold of this book at this particular time, talk of serendipity!

As a first time user of GTM for my dissertation, navigating through the various strands of the method and attempting to make sense of multiple books (articles) on the subject was a daunting task. I now have a more clear understanding of what I need to do to successful finish my dissertation. The title fits the bill, 'A practical guide', it is and more.

The organization of the book is also great. I like the chapter summaries, exercises, web resources, further reading and frequently asked questions sub sections at the end of each chapter. Maybe the book could have its own website so that these sections can be updated with new information on regular basis.

A copy of the book will stay permanently on my desk as I work through coding and writing up my research study for constant reference
David Sikolia
Oklahoma State University


This book very helpful - particularly the worked examples shown and the ideas about how to illustrate the data and memos. I referred to it again and again whenever I found myself feeling like I had lost the plot. Cathy Urquhart does have a way of de-mystifying things with simple clear language.
Jacqui Chapman
Masters Student


This is an important and very helpful book on grounded theory. It will be useful for both the established qualitative researcher and those who are just beginning their research careers. It is very well written and provides numerous examples of using grounded theory. I highly recommend this book.
R. Brent Gallupe
School of Business, Queen's University, Canada


At last! A guide to the use of Grounded Theory that is not only accessible for those attempting to apply the methodology for the first time, but also a useful reference for those who teach courses on Grounded Theory and qualitative research methods more generally.
Robert D Galliers
Bentley University

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1847870546
  • 9781847870537
  • 9781847870544
  • 9781446271582
  • 9781446289716