RE: Grounded Theory Methodology & PCP

Malcolm C. Cross (
Mon, 6 Oct 1997 12:02:05 +0100 (BST)

Dr S Tagg <> wrote:

>This means a flat first pass of the data. QSR NUDIST
>can only manage this with difficulty. Most of it's examples involve a
>pre-existing hierarchical coding system being applied to texts. This is
>the basis for my claim that it is not designed for grounded theory

In response to below - I take your point and agree that 'first pass'
analysis of data is difficult with an application like QSR-NUDIST unless
you are willing to take great leaps of faith in terms of your
interpretation. I use the application in a recursive way - building a
theory up by re-presenting it to my participants (co-theorisers) who offer
critique and revision.

>I believe that the Glaser faction, as represented to me by Dr Lowe, is
>suspicious of any attempt to use the computer in Qualitative Research.

The great advantage of the QSR-NUDIST application for my project is the
neat way it stores definitions for nodes and the ease with which the
definitional structures can be moved around in an emerging model.

I am sorry that I am not familiar with the other application you talk


malcolm (c. cross)
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