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5. A reflective researcher with skills in:
(b) Conducting research

Wednesday, July 07, 1999

Everything begins with an experience.

Mid-term exam

What makes good qualitative research?
What makes qualitative research good?

contributes to meaning, purpose
contributes to knowledge
questions designed to elicit experience rather than one word concrete answers
participant-observers
observation
objective-subjective blend
knowing what to include
tolerance for ambiguity
flexibility, adjustment, iteractivity
begins with experience
opens new ways of thinking
self is a connoisseur, in order to be a critic
descriptive and interpretive
emic (insider) perspective
multiple representations

How is qualitative research different?

 

AU Graduate Experience

Wonderment Project

1.

Grad exp DAs (10)

Dissertation Abstracts
(analysis of 25 DAs)

2.

observations
(ITS Store)

self as researcher
(when we told the story about our wonderment)
write it into our project here

3.

concept map

 

4.

interview (done)

interviews, data collection and analysis

5.

representation

representation

Just do it! Don't procrastinate.  Don't leave it until you think you need it, because that is too late.

  1. prepare for orientation 2.Ted
  2. IDP 3.David, 3.Ted, 3.Alison
  3. portfolio 6.David
  4. selection & connection with advisor 4.David

The Interview

Theme

Interviewee

Just Do It

Grow Through It

Orientation

Ted

Prepare.  Clarify with faculty.

Listen then respond.
Keep an open mind.

 

David

Keep good notes.

Read and reflect on notes.

 

Ted

Have a printer to make hardcopies of group notes.

 

Advisor

David

Choose advisor carefully, don't hurry.

 

 

Ted

Make good use of time spent with advisor by planning ahead.

Maintain an active relationship with advisor.

 

Alison

 

Use the opportunity for valuable feedback regarding vision toward attainment of competency.

IDP

David, Ted

Get ideas from other IDPs.

 

 

David

Don't let it drift, don't allow months to pass with no activity.

Find an appropriate balance in IDP - not too much, but worthy of Ph.D.

 

Ted

Understand the construction.

 

 

Alison

 

Accept that this an iterative process.

Portfolio

David

Create a file system up front.

 

 

David

Record reflections immediately.

 

 

Ted

Document everything.
Keep everything.

This results in a compilation of experience in the Leadership program that will give you a "wow, look what God has done in my life!" when you revisit it.

Regional Group

David

Set agendas to focus on helping each other with IDPs, suitable reading, achieving competencies, etc.

Have goals, know where you are going, you are on a journey together.

 

Ted

Work on building relationships, growing together.

Work on building relationships, growing together.

The Distance Factor

Ted

It is important to have monthly teleconferences, plus periodic face to face meetings with your advisor.

 

  Alison Take responsibility for your own progress.
"If it is to be, it is up to me." anon?
 

Thursday, July 08, 1999

Similarities and differences with Gospel accounts of the same incidents.

Rhoda Sommers Dissertation Defense - Characteristics of Middle School Teachers

Hire for attitude, train for skill

Rhoda's parents were Amish.  Changed to Mennonite before she was born.  Parents and sister and family still Mennonite.  A black and white society, with little acceptance of diversity.  Rhoda has felt enriched by her experience with diversity at Andrews.  Had to learn how to handle relating closely to a homosexual, the participant she grew closest to.  Struggled with how to include reference to his male partner.  This raises the ethics questions discussed Merriam Ch 10. and Eisner Ch 10.

Exam:

Q1 Develop a metaphor for qualitative research.
eg, Qualitative research is like being in a tank with a bunch of piranhas.
Is like reforestation - random layout

To make a difference, start somewhere.
Butterfly flaps its wings -> hurricane
Power of One - Victoria Falls starts with one drop of water

analog vs digital
picture of a rainbow Vs the list wavelengths

Q2 Address the question of credibility integrity trustworthiness reliability, verisimilitude
email it tonight

Question & perfect answer

Validity/reliability
How do you know that your portrayal came from your data, not your head?

Group Presentation:

Introduction

 

Paul

Data Collection

Interviews

Ted

Concept Map

Inspiration

Alison

Analysis/Rep

Grid

David

Rep/Summary

Poem

Paul

How to find this on the web:

http://www.andrews.edu/LeaderPart/Portfolio/dlh/comps/5b/2qual_res/group_project/index.htm

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Friday, July 09, 1999

Self as researcher is an important piece of the project we have to do.


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