Cross-Check for Completeness: Exploring a Novel Use of Leximancer in a Grounded Theory Study
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This paper investigates the potential for Leximancer software to actively support the Grounded Theory (GT) analyst in assessing the “completeness” of their study. The case study takes an existing GT study and retrospectively analyzes the data with Leximancer. The Leximancer output showed encouraging similarities to the main themes emerging from the GT analysis; but not sufficiently at the selective coding level to justifiably claim a definitive cross-check for overall theoretical saturation. Whilst Leximancer is not found to be a substitute for the 'hard labor' of GT coding and theory development, it can provide a very useful, efficient and relatively impartial cross-check of completeness/saturation in the open (and possibly axial) coding stage(s) of a GT study. This automated post-analysis check of GT coding is a novel use of a CAQDAS package.
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Copyright 2015: Ian A. Harwood, Rod P. Gapp, Heather J. Stewart, and Nova Southeastern University. and Nova Southeastern University. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a licence identical to this one.
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