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Friday, 27 February 2015
Constant Comparison

Grounded Theory for Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide,
Cathy Urquhart, Sage, 2013, page 23

Coding the data is one of the key - and often most time consuming - tasks in Grounded Theory Method.

It is the idea of constant comparison, so deceptively simple, that gives grounded theorists the edge, in my opinion. Constant comparison has been describd as a fundamental rule of thumb in GTM. To make these comparisons between the data you are coding right now and the data you just coded and ask, "o what category does this incident or property relate?" is the guideline that prevents inconsistent coding.

Posted By Jonathan, 9:00am Comment Comments: 0