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Debunking myths in CAQDAS use and coding in qualitative data analysis : experiences with and reflections on grounded theory methodology

Mythen bei der Verwendung von CAQDAS und Codierung in der qualitativen Datenanalyse: Erfahrungen mit der Grounded Theory Methodology
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Bong, Sharon A.

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Abstract 'The author deliberates firstly the primacy of grounded theory as a methodology and secondly the primacy of grounded theory coding as a method in deciding on CAQDAS use in his research. In the first section of this paper, the author weighs the extent to which his research draws and departs from the principles and practices of grounded theory methodology (GTM). In examining the impact of cultures and religions on women's human rights in Malaysia the author has used for example hypothesis-guided criteria for sampling. This is strictly speaking not in the original sense a grounded theory approach. In the paper, the author makes transparent the extent to which GTM has informed his work in enhancing the qualitative research and in highlighting the uses and limits of GTM, the author poses the question to what extent has the author demystified its paradigmatic status in CAQDAS and its homogenising effects. In the second section, the author discusses the dominance of coding in qualitative data analysis and the author argues that the pitfall of reifying coding as analyses can be avoided through a researcher's reflexivity and agency (self-determination) combined with a pragmatic view and the use of codes as a means and not as an end, essentially, grounded theory coding. The author discusses whether CAQDAS use as a tool facilitates the rigour of GTM and the transparency of grounded theory coding as method as manifested in one's audit trail, and whether this in turn constitute research that is more accountable, innovative and effective.' (author's abstract)|
Keywords method; sample; coding; methodology; qualitative method; grounded theory
Classification Research Design
Method basic research
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 258-275
Journal Historical Social Research, Supplement (2007) 19
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works