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Computer-assisted grounded theory analysis with ATLAS.ti

Friese, Susanne

Zentraleinrichtung Campusmanagement (ZECM)

In this paper I show how the various steps of a Grounded Theory analysis can be conducted in a computer-assisted environment. As the Grounded Theory approach was developed before the event of CAQDAS, the various steps and procedures have been described for manual ways of analysis. In newer books one finds references that this can of course also be accomplished in CAQDAS, but little detail is provided on the practical aspects, as if the process were self-explanatory. Based on my experience, it is not, and this applies to the application of any methodological approach in CAQDAS. Learning the various tools and features in a software does not automatically teach the user which tool is the best fit for a particular process given a particular methodological framework. In this paper I want to show how the various steps and procedures of the Strauss and Corbin approach to Grounded Theory can be translated for use in ATLAS.ti.