Issue 2, December 2013

Editorial

Astrid Gynnild, University of Stavanger Ideas are precious. They may come to mind when you least expect to them to, and many times before you are consciously aware of them. The grounded theory solution to capturing valuable ideas from preconscious thought is writing memos. In this issue of the Grounded Theory Review, we are delighted to publish the first chapter of Barney G. Glaser’s coming book on memoing, which truly opens up new perspectives on the potentially complex but productive process of collecting ideas that is such an important part of doing grounded theory....

Introduction: Free Style Memoing

Barney G. Glaser, PhD, Hon. PhD This neglect is partly my fault to be corrected in this book, which will deal with the vital aspect of memoing.  Memos are a very important GT procedure that is fundamental to the GT generation analysis of grounded theory.   This book emphasizes the importance of memos from the very start of the GT research to the working paper. It highlights and focuses on memoing in the hopes of aiding researchers, especially novice beginning researchers, with the management of the plethora of ideas that emerge with no loss thereof as GT research...

A Partial Application of Classic Grounded Theory in a Study of Poverty...

Ólavur Christiansen, The University of Faroe Islands and The Economic Council of the Government of Faroe Islands Helen Scott, Grounded Theory Online Svend Erik Sørensen, self-employed international consultant (Ascap Aps) Abstract This paper describes a partial application of the classic grounded method in a research project tasked to surface an understanding of poverty, and offer policy recommendations for change, to the Government of Greenland.  The aim of analysis was to find the core category and related categories though analysis stopped short of conceptual...

Becoming Selfless: A Grounded Theory of Commitment to Service

Roland Nino L. Agoncillo, De La Salle University, Philippines Roberto T. Borromeo, De La Salle University, Philippines Abstract This study focuses on the substantive area of commitment to service in the community of educational partners in the Philippines. Educational partners are lay people who assist religious organizations in the field of education, and in the Philippines, about 96 percent of educational partners are in Lasallian schools and organizations. Educational partners are young professionals, volunteers between the ages of 24-39 who strive to live the teachings...

Secondary Analysis: A Strategy for the Use of Knowledge from Research

Barney G. Glaser, University of California Medical Center, San Francisco Reprinted from Social Problems, Summer 1962, 10(1) In recent years there has been a «rapidly expanding demand for sociologists services by organizations and groups for aid in solving their operating problems (Parsons, 1959). When a prospective client approaches the social scientist with a problem and asks what research can do to help solve it, he will generally focus this question in one or two ways: 1) what research already exists that may help and/or 2) what research can be done directly in the...

Generalizability and the Theory of Offsetting the Affective Filter

Barry Chametzky, Washington & Jefferson College Abstract When online, post-secondary foreign language learners wrestle with the course material and environment because of their inexperience or misguided expectations, frustration and anxiety often ensue.  The resulting imbalance often hinders satisfactory progress in the course.  Classic grounded theory was used to develop the substantive theory of offsetting the affective filter, which explains the behaviors of learners in the substantive area of online, post-secondary foreign language classes.  With the grab and...