Being reflexive in qualitative grounded theory: discussion and application of a model of reflexivity.

Engward, Hilary and Davis, Geraldine (2015) Being reflexive in qualitative grounded theory: discussion and application of a model of reflexivity. Journal of Advanced Nursing. ISSN 0309-2402

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Abstract

Aim A discussion of the meaning of reflexivity in research with the presentation of examples of how a model of reflexivity was used in a grounded theory research project. Background Reflexivity requires the researcher to make transparent the decisions they make in the research process and is therefore important in developing quality in nursing research. The importance of being reflexive is highlighted in the literature in relation to nursing research, however, practical guidance as to how to go about doing research reflexively is not always clearly articulated. Design This is a discussion paper. Data sources The concept of reflexivity in research is explored using the Alvesson and Skoldberg model of reflexivity and practical examples of how a researcher developed reflexivity in a grounded theory project are presented. Implications for nursing Nurse researchers are encouraged to explore and apply the concept of reflexivity in their research practices to develop transparency in the research process and to increase robustness in their research. The Alvesson and Skoldberg model is of value in applying reflexivity in qualitative nursing research, particularly in grounded theory research. Conclusion Being reflexive requires the researcher to be completely open about decisions that are made in the research process. The Alvesson and Skolberg model of reflexivity is a useful model that can enhance reflexivity in the research process. It can be a useful practical tool to develop reflexivity in grounded theory research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Engward, H., & Davis, G., 2015. Being reflexive in qualitative grounded theory: discussion and application of a model of reflexivity. Journal of advanced nursing, 71 (7), pp.1530-1538..
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (for research post September 2011)
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2015 11:44
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:53
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/582097

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