P315: Grounded theory as an analysis technique to capture student conceptions in chemistry

Author: Stephanie Ryan, American Institutes for Research, USA

Co-Author: Seth Anthony, Oregon Institute for Technology, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 2:45 PM3:05 PM

Room: LOH 164

Related Symposium: S25

Qualitative research is a great way to capture student ideas. However, applying predetermined codes to the data changes the focus of the data from “what the student thought” to “what the student thought in our view.” In this process, the student’s words can be lost and a true understanding of their knowledge with it. To truly capture the student’s conceptions about a topic, we can employ grounded theory coding methods. Using data from semi-structured interviews, this presentation will discuss coding of qualitative data using grounded theory and the information that can be gleaned this way.