Conferences & Institutes

Grounded Theory

Using Grounded Theory in Your Research: Concepts and Application Intensive

May 30-31, 2019

Registration is now open!


IU School of Nursing
600 Barnhill Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202

This 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 sciences.

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.

  • 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

    $599  after April 15, 2019

    $499 Early Bird rate- registration prior to April 15, 2019

    Special Rates for Students and Indiana University Faculty and Staff

    $399 non-IU student rate (must provide proof of current student status to receive promo code for this rate, please send email to  from your student email address as well as documentation showing current enrollment in academic studies to request information)

    $299 Indiana University faculty and graduate student rate (to receive this rate, faculty/staff/students should send an email from their official IU email address to to request registration information). 

    Parking and lunch are not included in the registration fee. 

    Advance registration is required. No walk-ins are accepted.

    Payment in full by credit card is due at the time of registration. 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.***

    Day 1 - 
    Time Activity
    8 a.m.  Course introduction and overview
    8:30 a.m.  Background and philosophy of grounded theory
    10:30 a.m. Break
    10:45 a.m. Basic tenets and characteristics of grounded theory
    12 p.m. Lunch
    1 p.m. Grounded theory procedures:
    Sampling, data collection, data analysis
    2:30 p.m.  Break
    2:45 p.m. Initial coding exercise
     Day 2 - 
    Time Activity
    8 a.m.  Building the theory
    9 a.m. Writing the proposal:
    The psychosocial process
    Constructing the problem statement and the grounded theory question

    10 a.m. Break
    10:15 a.m.  Writing the proposal:
    Describing the methodology
    12 p.m.  Lunch
    1 p.m. Discussion of grounded theory studies
    2 p.m. Focused coding activity
    2:30 p.m.  Break
    2:45 p.m.  Focused coding activity
    4 p.m.  Wrap-up


  • Hotel Information

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  • Contact Hours

    12.5 (estimated, TBD closer to the activity date)

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


  • Registration Information

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    Contact us at if special accommodations are needed.

    Faculty/students*/staff 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. 

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