Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Grounded Theory Seminar

Thoroughly enjoying the seminar! I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn grounded theory. And do it with Barney, because he's truly a genius at this! (p.s. he is also a wonderful person, once you can get past his old-style sense of humor.)


Anonymous said...

I have a question. This isn't related to the post that I'm commenting under, however. It's related to a post about wanting to become a psychologist. I can't seem to re-google the same search to find it. I'm 40 years old and interested in pursuing a career in psychology. This would be a major change in career for me. I'm in IT now, but was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and the experiences I've had with psychiatrists/psychologists/psychotherapists, etc. have been...well, bizarre. So, much so, that I've been thinking that I'd like to get into the field myself as I hear a number of peers mentioning the same experiences. All this to say, do you think 40 is too old to pursue a career in psychology? Have I missed my window of opportunity for this discipline? Do you come across many people my age pursuing a psychology degree? And I do mean psychology. Not social work or some of the other, less rigorous or demanding, disciplines.

Lonely Dissertator said...

Anonymous (Mar 23):

The post you are looking for is here:

I don't think 40 is too old to pursue a career in psychology. But then again, I'm biased. ;-)

Check with your local programs to see if they have adult learners there. Clinical psychology (APA) usually have people who are a little older anyway (upper 20s to 30s). And my field is the same and even older folks than 30's esp. at the PhD level.

What you will find is that your population of clientele might align better with your personal demographic--people who are older tend to be more comfortable working with a wider range of clients, esp. older clients and couples/families.

Go for it! You're only as old as you feel. If you want some more encouragement, set up a blog and let me know. I'll read and comment!

Greg said...

I am a PhD student in the process of developing my comprehensive examination questions. I am planning to use Glaser for my thesis. Should my questions be designed to reflect the philosophy of Glaser? Currently, the questions I have created reflect a case study approach states my supervisor. I am trying again but I worried. Do you have any suggestions to help guide me?
Thanks for your time

Lonely Dissertator said...

Greg. The most important thing for you is to make sure that your advisor is on board with classical GT. Because with classical GT, you cannot really specify a research question prior to gathering data because the concepts need to be emergent from the data. The process is a bit of a "trick." You have to set up a research question for academic purposes, but then, you end up changing it when you actually go and gather data. Your advisor needs to be in the know about this and help you appropriately. Google the Grounded Theory Institute, and email one of the fellows there (under Contact). They will be able to advise you better. If possible, attend one of the workshops. Good luck.

Lonely Dissertator said...

One more message for Greg:

Get and read "Doing Grounded Theory" by Barney Glaser. It's available from Sociology Press. Here's the link: