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Title Grounded theory in health research
Course number 2654
Programme Vårdvetenskap (PUF-V)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2021-05-03 -- 2021-05-18
Responsible KI department Institutionen för klinisk forskning och utbildning, Södersjukhuset
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is to give doctoral students a basic knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to design and implement a Grounded Theory study, in addition to evaluation of the results of Grounded Theory studies. The course aim is also to give participants an introductory opportunity to produce their own, original, grounded theory research using the right approach.
Intended learning outcomes At the end of the course the participants should:
1. Be able to describe the experience of a classroom climate that incorporates principles of respect, mutuality, cooperation, collaboration, and teamwork.
2. Be able to demonstrate understanding of philosophical and practical underpinnings of grounded theory.
3. Be able to express understanding of the essential characteristics of grounded theory and exploration methodology.
4. Be able to apply knowledge of grounded theory in discussing rationales for design of grounded theory study.
5. Be able to understand and assess the applicability of a grounded theory methodology for a particular research problem.
6. Be able to critically comment/evaluate strength and weakness of studies(published papers) using grounded theory methodology
7. Be able to implicate grounded theory research findings for practice and future research
8. Be able to design grounded theory research proposals including: Title, Background, Research question, Study goal and objectives, Methodology and reasons to choose grounded theory methodology, Study population, Study sample (participants), Sampling method, Sample size, Inclusion and exclusion criteria, Data gathering technique/s, Data analysis method, Limitation, Ethical consideration, Trustworthiness/ Credibility(validity& reliability)
Contents of the course The course will provide practical, hands-on experience in using grounded theory research. Students will gain a knowledge and understanding of main features and the basic characteristics of grounded theory, the applicability of grounded theory for particular research problems, including those of their own original grounded theory research projects; and how to critically appraise appropriateness of grounded theory. The teachers will share their experience of grounded theory research method, the application of grounded theory in their respective fields and provide advice and consultation on the advanced use of cutting-edge grounded theory. The course will start with a deep discussion about what grounded theory is, the aim of grounded theory and when to use grounded theory. Then teachers will continue with key characteristics of grounded theory research, the applicability of grounded theory for particular research problems, how to conduct a grounded theory study; and evaluation of rigor in this approach. Students will learn to evaluate and make comments on published grounded theory studies in terms of methodology, data gathering, quality of gathered data, data analysis approach, display of result, study limitation and ethical considerations.
Finally implications of grounded theory findings for practice and future research will be discussed and students will learn to design a grounded theory research proposal in their respective fields.
Teaching and learning activities The learning activities of the course are a mix of lectures, discussions, individual and group activities; interviews, seminars, field observations and individual and group presentations.
Compulsory elements Active participation in the class discussions, individual and group assignments (individual and group data gathering by interviews and field observations and data analysis), written assignment (a complete grounded theory proposal) and student presentations are mandatory. Compensation according to the instructions of the course director, which means absentees less than 2 lectures is acceptable and should be compensated by individual projects related to absentee¿s session.
Examination The course assessment will include formative and summative assessments. The formative assessment (50%) will be made through Peer learning Activity, critic a grounded theory paper, individual and group presentations, while the summative assessment (50%) will be through a written examination, and individual qualitative data gathering and analysis and finally a written grounded theory proposal in their respective fields. In this way, the students are examined with both group-wise and individual presentations.
Literature and other teaching material Reference literature:
1. Strauss ACJ. Basics of Qualitative Research: Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory. California: Sage; 1998.
2. Holloway, I., Qualitative research in health care2010: Open Univ Pr.
3. Charmaz K. Constructing Grounded Theory. A Practical Guide Through Qualitative Analysis. London: Sage; 2006.
4. Morse JM, Field PA. Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals. Sage Pubns; 1995.
5. Burns N, Grove SK. Understanding Nursing Research. Philadelphia: Saunders; 2003.
6. Streubert Helen JCDR. Qualitative Research in Nursing: Advancing the Humanistic Imperative. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003.
7. Polit DFBCT. Nursing Research principles and methods. Philadelphia: Lippincott; 2004
Number of students 15 - 25
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (accordning to written motivation), 2) date for registration as a doctoral student (priotity given to earlier registration date)
More information The course will be held at the Department och Clinical Science and Education at Södersjukhuset in Stockholm. Lectures will be held 3 days/week and other days will be group/own work.
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Course responsible Hamid Khankeh
Institutionen för klinisk forskning och utbildning, Södersjukhuset

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Contact person Malin Holm Blomquist
Institutionen för klinisk forskning och utbildning, Södersjukhuset