Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 3–21

Grounded theory research: Procedures, canons, and evaluative criteria

  • Juliet M. Corbin
  • Anselm Strauss

DOI: 10.1007/BF00988593

Cite this article as:
Corbin, J.M. & Strauss, A. Qual Sociol (1990) 13: 3. doi:10.1007/BF00988593


Using grounded theory as an example, this paper examines three methodological questions that are generally applicable to all qualitative methods. How should the usual scientific canons be reinterpreted for qualitative research? How should researchers report the procedures and canons used in their research? What evaluative criteria should be used in judging the research products? We propose that the criteria should be adapted to fit the procedures of the method. We demonstrate how this can be done for grounded theory and suggest criteria for evaluating studies following this approach. We argue that other qualitative researchers might be similarly specific about their procedures and evaluative criteria.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Juliet M. Corbin
    • 1
  • Anselm Strauss
  1. 1.Department of Social and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of California at San FranciscoSan Francisco

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