Description: Qualitative research addresses scientific inquiry using theoretical and paradigmatic approaches that are distinct from those that are commonly used for quantitative research. Widely used as a foundation for qualitative inquiry, Grounded Theory (Glaser & Strauss, 1967) provides a commonly accepted set of assumptions and procedures for discovering theory from data. This workshop will contrast grounded theory as it is applied in qualitative research to experimentation as it is typically employed in quantitative research. Humanistic and logical positivist perspectives will serves as the basis of comparison between these two disparate methods. Mixed methods research, which employs both qualitative and quantitative methods with the same sample or dataset, will also be discussed. The workshop will be geared toward those minimal prior qualitative research experience paired with some quantitative research experience, but any faculty member who is interested in learning more about qualitative research is welcome.
A third workshop in this series will discuss the five major approaches of qualitative inquiry (i.e., narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, and case studies) and the wealth of research questions that can be answered through these methods.