Typology Of Grid And Group

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Typology of Grid and Group Anfara and Mertz (2015) assert that a theoretical framework can provide researchers with a particular lens through which they can view their studies. For qualitative researchers, there are many frameworks to choose from, many of which have interdisciplinary applications. While the typology of grid and group is a framework originating in the field of anthropology, Harris (2015) examined its efficacy for understanding the context of school culture studies. In basic terms, the grid dimension of the framework measures an individual’s autonomy in the context of an organization and is categorized on a spectrum from strong to weak. The group dimension measures loyalty and social relationships within that same organization, with measurements on a spectrum from strong to weak. Accordingly, school cultures can be categorized with a number of combinations from these two measurements (e.g., strong grid, weak group). Problem In the mid-1990s, educational researchers began to examine school culture more frequently. However, at that time, researchers treated this topic mostly in homogeneous and figurative terms, neglecting to make necessary comparisons between school cultures. Objectives Harris (2015) states that his primary objective was to apply grid and group theory to his past school culture research in order to examine whether the theory is effective in an educational setting. Research Methodology For the study, Harris (2015) mentions that he utilized his previous studies on school culture that he performed along with his graduate students between 1989 and 1993. Harris (2015) states that within these previous studies, he either used grounded theory or none at all. The data for these initial studies was obta... ... middle of paper ... ...staunch categories such as “strong group, weak grid,” or “weak grid, strong group,” such categorizations actually do the opposite; classifying an organization according to their tendencies affords researchers a new vocabulary by which they can understand complex cultural situations. I was particularly taken with Harris’s (2015) observation that a theoretical framework can help researchers to face their biases. Having read his chapter, I am beginning to see that, by utilizing the lens of a framework, researchers are able to place their research in the context of something more preset, thus keeping their biases slightly further away from their studies. Moreover, since Harris utilized a framework originating in the field of anthropology, examining this chapter has catalyzed my developing fascination with how some can frameworks can have interdisciplinary applications.
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