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Confessions from a Grounded Theory PhD: Experiences and lessons learnt

Furniss, D; Blandford, A; Curzon, P; (2011) Confessions from a Grounded Theory PhD: Experiences and lessons learnt. In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. (pp. 113 - 122).

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Abstract

Grounded Theory (GT) is used within HCI research, but nuances and more modern interpretations of the method are rarely discussed. This paper has two intentions: to offer guidance on practical issues when applying GT, and to clarify the space of methodological possibilities. We describe an extended GT study on understanding why practitioners choose particular usability evaluation methods. We describe five stages in this study to highlight our experiences and choices made. We draw out seven practical and methodological considerations in applying GT in a CHI context. This challenges the more traditional inductive and objective positions on GT use; it sensitizes novices of GT to these issues; and through the extended case study it provides substance for debate on issues that affect those that use qualitative methods more broadly. Copyright 2011 ACM.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Confessions from a Grounded Theory PhD: Experiences and lessons learnt
DOI:10.1145/1978942.1978960
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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