Introduction to Grounded Theory

Introduction to Grounded Theory with Dr Krysia Canvin

9am-5pm Wednesday 10 January 2018, Crewe



1. To provide:

  • An introduction to Grounded Theory methodology, including:
    • History of Grounded Theory
    • Versions of Grounded Theory
    • Rationale
    • Procedures
  • Understanding of terminology used in Grounded Theory

2. To make participants aware of:

  • Common criticisms of Grounded Theory
  • Indicators of quality in Grounded Theory

3. To signpost further reading

4. To provide opportunities for one-to-one questions and advice


At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Decide if Grounded Theory is the appropriate methodology for them and their study
  • Distinguish Grounded Theory from other qualitative methodologies / recognise key principles
  • Distinguish between different versions of Grounded Theory
  • Design a Grounded Theory study


The course does not cover:

  • In-depth comparison of Grounded Theory with other methodologies
  • In-depth examination of all versions of Grounded Theory



Introduction to Grounded Theory is suitable for individuals who have undertaken introductory courses to qualitative research and analysis (including Basic Introduction to Qualitative Research and Introduction to Qualitative Analysis).



The course will take place in a training room with an attached breakout area. The course will combine informal lecture-style teaching using Powerpoint slides, with group discussion and practical exercises. Places will be limited to 6-10 people to facilitate an informal setting where interaction, questions and discussion are welcome.



I have been a hands-on qualitative researcher for over 20 years. That means my day job consists of actually doing the research, not only supervising and/or lecturing (although I do some of that too). As a result, I have been involved in 15 qualitative projects (mostly as lead or sole researcher), interviewed hundreds of participants and analysed thousands of pages of data. I first used Grounded Theory for my PhD and come back to it again and again. I have authored/contributed to around 90 articles, reports, book chapters and presentations. I have worked at several prestigious universities: University of Oxford, University College London, University of Liverpool. In addition to providing bespoke qualitative research training, I have been teaching qualitative methods – including Grounded Theory – on the Oxford Clinical Psychology Doctorate for 9 years and receive consistently positive reviews from trainees.



“I enjoyed and appreciated the lecturer’s enthusiasm.”

“I found this teaching extremely helpful and I really enjoyed the speaker’s style.”

“Useful and engaging lecture. Excellent use of exercises to apply theory.”

“A lively and well-presented session.”

“A good presentation and well explained.”



EARLY BIRD: Booking deadline Monday 11 December 2017

  • £180 for one day (lunch NOT included)
  • Book both days (10-11 January 2018) for £300 (accommodation not included)

STANDARD: Booking deadline Friday 5 January 2018

  • £200 for one day (lunch NOT included)
  • Book both days (10-11 January 2018) for £350 (accommodation not included)



Crewe, Cheshire (10 minute walk from mainline station)


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