GT Memoing Goals and Rules

“The growth that occurs (or is forced) with memoing is remarkable. The analyst literally grows personally in tandem1 with the depth of his2 theoretical understanding of the data3.” – Glaser

Memo Goals & Goal Rules

from Theoretical Sensitivity (Glaser, Page 83)

  • theoretically Develop Ideas (codes)
  • with Complete Freedom
  • into a Memo Fund
  • that is Highly Sortable
    • title/caption the category/property memo is about
    • highlight/underline other categories/properties
    • two or more category memos may include a discussion of how categories/properties are related and categorized (hypothesis)
    • copy memos for cut up
    • write for cut up
    • sort memos wherever they may fall

Other Rules

  • [[[the technology is the course!!!]]]
    [[ [[yes]] ]]
    [[ [are memos and code lists separated?] ]]
    [[specificity, population, sparse coding]]
    [data includes quotes of sampled literature]
    memos and data are separated
    … because conceptual density is being
  • always interrupt coding or recording to memo; memo a placeholder if necessary
  • can force a memo by writing on code; force as little as possible
  • modify memos as growth and realization occur
  • keep a list of emergent codes handy
  • collapse duplicating codes
  • conceptual not logical; note data (grounded) vs. conjecture driven
  • run memos open long (so long as resources are available)
  • talk conceptually about substantive codes, not people (etc.)
  • multiple “burning” ideas should be written separately (for sortability)
  • indicate saturation in memos when a category is saturated
  • always be flexible in memo technique (no style)

1 Tandem can be substituted with “in proportion to”.
2 Him is an interchangable indicator for all intelligent referents.
3 Data is an interchangable indicator for phenomena; <measure|phenomena>.