Grounded theory is a widely used qualitative research methodology and has been used in a variety of disciplines including anthropology, medicine, nursing, and sociology. Although qualitative research methodologies, including grounded theory, have existed for some time, there is lack of attention to the rigorous use of qualitative methodology in the field of audiology. Today, three major schools of grounded theory are present in the literature. It is important for clinicians and researchers new to grounded theory research to be familiar with the different schools of grounded theory that can be implemented in research including the history and philosophy of each. Such an understanding will enable researchers and clinicians to critically appraise applications of grounded theory methodology and to understand its potential, perhaps for inclusion in their own research programs. This article will provide a brief history of grounded theory, define the three major schools of grounded theory and the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of each, as well as discuss the use of grounded theory in audiology research.
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