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Clarifying Analysis and Interpretation in Grounded Theory: Using a Conditional Relationship Guide and Reflective Coding Matrix
International Journal of Qualitative Methods (2008)
  • Karen W. Scott
  • Dana M. Howell, Eastern Kentucky University
Abstract
Although qualitative methods, grounded theory included, cannot be reduced to formulaic procedures, research tools can clarify the process. The authors discuss two instruments supporting grounded theory analysis and interpretation using two examples from doctoral students. The conditional relationship guide contextualizes the central phenomenon and relates categories linking structure with process. The reflective coding matrix serves as a bridge to the final phase of grounded theory analysis, selective coding and interpretation, and, ultimately, to substantive theory generation.
Keywords
  • qualitative methodology,
  • grounded theory,
  • qualitative data analysis
Publication Date
2008
Citation Information
Karen W. Scott and Dana M. Howell. "Clarifying Analysis and Interpretation in Grounded Theory: Using a Conditional Relationship Guide and Reflective Coding Matrix" International Journal of Qualitative Methods Vol. 7 Iss. 2 (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/danahowell/15/