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Title: Grounded Theory Research : increasing accountability and credibility through the use of the ‘worked example’
Authors: Morrison, B 
Liz, HL
Keywords: Grounded theory
Qualitative research methodology
Applied linguistic research
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Common Ground Publishing
Source: International journal of interdisciplinary social sciences, 2007, v. 2, no. 3, p. 413-424 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of interdisciplinary social sciences 
Abstract: In this paper, we show how the tools and techniques of Grounded Theory can be used to provide accountability and credibility to applied linguistic research within the qualitative paradigm. We argue for the use of worked examples as an element in an audit trail that can not only help to bring to life the actual steps taken by the researcher to discover theory from the data but also, through so doing, provide the audience with concrete examples upon which they are better able to judge the credibility of the researcher’s conclusions.Using the audit trail concept and applying it by following the data from a single research participant in a worked example, we can enhance the building of a credible argument for interpretations of other data within the same study and for the connections made between clusters of data. Using one worked example, we show that over the course of a study, sufficient rigour and transparency can be provided to ensure that readers, and external evaluators such as funding agencies, can more easily accept the trustworthiness of claims about a specific relationship between phenomena that are not empirically quantifiable.
ISSN: 1833-1882
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