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Grounded theory has emerged as a prominent methodology for studying dynamic and unexplored phenomena in a variety of fields, including engineering education.While this methodology provides researchers with guidelines that promote and streamline theory development, the emergent, flexible, and loosely-structured characteristics of grounded theory also complicate its implementation in practice. Steps, such as different ways to accomplish theoretical coding and theoretical sampling, are not well articulated in the methodological literature. However, mixed method grounded theory offers the potential to both generate and test formal grounded theory using a structured analytical procedure that incorporates both qualitative and quantitative data. This workshop will help researchers become familiar with the process involved in designing and implementing projects to produce or refine theory using grounded theory and mixed methods.
Dr. Cassandra J Groen
Dr. Cassandra Groen is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Engineering Education and the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In her doctoral dissertation research, Groen developed a dynamic grounded theory model of professional identity formation in undergraduate civil engineering students, Advancing from Outsider to Insider: A Grounded Theory of Professional Identity Negotiation, using grounded theory methods. Currently, this model is being expanded to explore identity formation in undergraduate civil engineering students who experience disabilities in the project, Professional Identity Formation in Civil Engineering Students with Disabilties, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Elizabeth G. Creamer
Dr. Elizabeth G. Creamer is professor emerita from the Educational Research and Evaluation Program in the School of Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Creamer is the author of the 2018 SAGE textbook, An Introduction to Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research that builds a framework for the integration of qualitative and quantitative data and analytical procedures across all phases of the research process. She is president-elect of Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA). Her recent writing projects explore qualitatively oriented mixed methods designs and include the value-added of the search to explain conflicting findings and mixed method approaches to developing grounded theory in intervention and evaluation research.