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Women's Studies center (WSC) held lecture on “Constructivist Grounded Theory” as part of the lectures of series on “Qualitative Methods for Gender Researchers”

  • 11.28.2019

The Women's Studies Center WSC at Faculty of Education at the Islamic University, IUG, the 3rd  lecture from the series of qualitative research methodologies lectures (qualitative research); the lecture entitled: “Constructivist Grounded Theory. The lecture was organized in collaboration with university of Graz, UniGraz, students within the framework of the She-Ge project. The lecture was provided by Assoc. Prof. Elisabeth Scheibelhofer, professor of Sociology at University of Vienna.

The lecture was attended by senior staff members including Prof. Elyan AL Holy, Vice President for academic Affairs, Prof. Ibrahim AL Astal, Dean of faculty of Education, Dr. Anwar Abadsa, deputy dean, in addition to the She-Ge staff namely, Prof. Sanaa Aboudgha, the project manager, Ms. Amani Al Mqadma- project assistant manager and Ms. Reem AL Afifi - project coordinator, the WSC director, Dr. Somya Sayma in addition to academic staff members from different faculties and Ministry of Women affairs.

In her lecture, Prof. Elisabeth Scheibelhofer started her lecture with the presentation of the Foundations of the Grounded theory, she mentioned that Constructivist Grounded Theory, CGT, is a research perspective, not a research method. She added that the Core methodological conception is to perform data collection, coding data and writing memos. Such that, the analysis is cyclical work guided by theoretical sampling - until the point of theoretical saturation is reached. The professor described the CGT research process that includes six stages: Research interest, Data gathering & initial coding, Focused coding & further data collection, Theoretical sampling (sorting and integration ) , Writing a first draft  and finally, publication. Each stage of this process has been explained with reference to real examples. To maximize the benefit of the lecture, the professor guided the participants through practical application of coding for an interview and how to write memos.

The lecture was organized as a full day events starting from 10: 00 am till 3: 00 pm Gaza time. The first two hours were devoted to lecturing, whereas the remaining were devoted to questions and group discussions from the UniGraz students as well as participants at IUG.