Conferences & Institutes

Grounded Theory

Using Grounded Theory in Your Research: Concepts and Application Intensive

Registration Now Open for Next Session Scheduled: January 21-22, 2021, beginning at 9:30am ET (6:30 am PT) (via Zoom)


The January 2021 workshop will be held via Zoom. Prior to registering, please be sure that you are able to access and hear audio via Zoom by following the instructions at the test meeting site:

If you cannot join us in January and would like to receive information about any future workshops, please sign up for the Grounded Theory mailing list HERE. 

Workshop Description: 

This 2 day intensive will provide you with an overview of the methods of grounded theory research within the context of its origins, history, and philosophical foundations.

The session is applicable to professionals and students in the health and social science within the IU system as well as from other universities or organizations. 

Attendees will receive a didactic lecture on the tenets of grounded theory, an opportunity to frame a research question in their area of interest, a discussion of how to develop a grounded theory proposal, hands-on coding activities, and an activity focused on the critique of grounded theory research.

Participants must be able to attend both days of the intensive. Single day registration or participation is not permitted.

Recent attendees said...

"The speaker is very experienced in GT and open to share her works

"Dr. Draucker was wonderful, she led an interactive course that was challenging and enlightening."

"She turned every question into an opportunity to teach."

" I appreciated the dialogue from my fellow students as well as the camaraderie...Dr. Draucker helped lead the group to the right conclusions."

"(Workshop was) Directly applicable to my research question"

"(I) have been able to better mentor students in selecting courses and methods that might more appropriately match their research interests."


  • What is Grounded Theory?

    Grounded theory is a qualitative research method that uses participant narratives to construct theoretical frameworks that explicate common psychosocial processes by which persons respond to or manage health, social, or organizational challenges.

    Grounded theory is used in a wide variety of disciplines such as nursing, medicine, social work, business, education, and the social sciences to guide research on the dynamic ways in which persons and organizations respond to real-world problems. The findings of grounded theory studies often provide foundational information needed to develop psychosocial health interventions, promote strategies of social change, and initiate changes in organization practices.

  • Fees

    January 2021 fees listed below: (fees for future dates are subject to change) 

    Early bird (before December 31): $499

    Regular price (after December 31): $599

    Non-IU student rate: $399- please email with proof of current enrollment to receive a promo code for discounted rate.  ***Note: refunds will not be provided after registration if discount code is not requested. 

    IU faculty/student/staff rate: $299- please email from your IU email address to receive a promo code for discounted rate. ***Note: refunds will not be provided after registration if discount code is not requested. 

    Advance registration is required. Registration closes January 15, 2021

    Payment in full by credit card is due at the time of registration. Internal transfer is accepted for IU faculty/staff only. On-site payment is not accepted. For questions about payment (only), contact Melissa Kocias at or by phone at 812-855-4224. 

    For information on cancellation, refund, and transfer policies, please see the registration and policies page.

  • Agenda

    **Agenda is tentative and subject to change at any time.

    January 2021 start time will be 9:30am ET (6:30am PT).  There will be a 30 minute lunch break, and end time will be approximately 5:00pm ET. 

    Sample agenda from past years below:

    Day 1 - 
    Time Activity
    Course introduction and overview
    Background and philosophy of grounded theory
    Basic tenets and characteristics of grounded theory
    Grounded theory procedures:
    Sampling, data collection, data analysis
    Initial coding exercise
     Day 2 - 
    Time Activity
    Building the theory
    Writing the proposal:
    The psychosocial process
    Constructing the problem statement and the grounded theory question

    Writing the proposal:
    Describing the methodology
    Discussion of grounded theory studies
    Focused coding activity
     Focused coding activity


  • Contact Hours

    Will be determined in 2020.

    Attendance at all of the institute sessions and the completion of the institute evaluation is required. 


  • Registration Information


    Click Here to Register

    This workshop is subject to cancellation if minimum participation requirements are not met by January 5.  Maximum registration is 25 participants. 


    • IU Faculty/students*/staff and non-IU students* seeking the discounted student or IU rates should send an email to per the instructions in the "fees" section of this website  to request discount code information prior to registration.  Refunds will NOT be provided if registrants do not request the promo code prior to registration/payment. 
    • Please be sure that you are able to access and hear audio via Zoom by following the instructions at the test meeting site:
    • Cancellation and refund polices for this event can be found in the Registration & Policies Menu on the left side of the screen. 

    *Please note, this registration page is for continuing education credits, NOT academic credits- the January session will not be offered for academic credit. If you are interested in taking this course in the future for academic credit, please contact the graduate advisor for more information at 317-274-2806.