Be the change you wish to see in the world.
—Mahatma Gandhi, (1869–1948)
Indian Leader/Anti-War Activist
Education without action is like a billboard in a basement—big, bold, but actionable to no one. By incorporating social change as part of its mission statement, the leadership of Walden University is asking students, faculty, and leadership to consider the possibility of how to use one’s education to deliberately be in the world and make some part of it a better place.
Consider what you have learned from this course—the fundamental procedures of how to conduct qualitative research; and the critical processes that identify the researcher as a self-reflective co-participant. For this week, reflect on how these considerations have influenced your understanding of research and your direction for your dissertation or doctoral study.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Review the readings from the Ravitch and Carl and Rubin and Rubin and consider reflecting on your experiences in qualitative research throughout this course.
Review the media programs related to The Qualitative Dissertation Experience: A Doctoral Candidate Experience and consider the experience of other doctoral candidates through this qualitative research process.
By Day 3
Post your responses to the following:
Explain what social change means to you as a Walden doctoral candidate. What experiences from the course most influenced your understanding?
Explain what in qualitative research you would like to know more about as a result of taking this course.
ANNIE PEZALLA: Hello again, and congratulations for making it through the entirety of
this qualitative reasoning and analysis course. We’re so proud of the work that you’ve
done, and now is the time to again stop, take stock of where you’ve been, and to talk
about the steps moving forward.
So where have you been? In this course, we’ve asked you to do a lot of practice with a
basic qualitative research, and to work with the materials that we’ve offered you and that
you’ve collected yourself on that qualitative analysis and application.
While you’ve done that, you’ve been exposed to a lot of resources on positive social
change, and we hope that it’s inspired you in a way that you might use those tenets of
positive social change and apply them in your own capstone.
So this course represents the beginning of qualitative reasoning and analysis. This
course has provided you with the important basic foundational tenets and structures of
this particular way of knowing. So looking forward, perhaps you’re interested in a
qualitative capstone, or a larger qualitative study.
Much of the research, as we’ve touched on in this course, is a much more refined
application of qualitative research. And it’s focused on a particular discipline, and
perhaps narrative qualitative research, or grounded theory, or phenomenological
research. Maybe case study is an interesting discipline for you. Or perhaps ethnography
If so, your knowledge will need to be continually refined in one of those directions in
moving forward. What we hope that you’re able to take from this course, though, is a
broad and strong foundation upon which to build your more detailed, or your more
specific endeavors of qualitative reasoning and analysis. We thank you, and we’re so
glad that you took this course, and best of luck to you in your work going forward.
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