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The purpose of this Major Assignment is to immerse you in the qualitative research process. The process includes hands-on opportunities for you to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret qualitative data. This qualitative research process begins with some items that have already been identified for you:
The research topic for this effort is the meaning of social change for Walden graduate students. You have been examining videos and reading about social change as part of the course study.
The knowledge you have gained plus your reflections on the meaning of social change will form the beginning of the inquiry. That is, the research question you will explore is “What is the meaning of social change for Walden graduate students?”
The description of your efforts of gathering, organizing, and analyzing data will form the basis of your methods section. And, the results of those efforts—the analysis and interpretation of those data—will be summarized.
This Major Assignment 2 is composed of four parts, each of which will be completed over four weeks. These parts include: Part 1: Introduction; Part 2, Role of the Researcher; Part 3: Results; and Part 4: Summary.
For this week’s Major Assignment 2, you will complete Part 1. In this Part 1, you will begin to examine social change from a Walden graduate student perspective, explore positive social change as a research problem, and explore the gap in research.
Part 1: Introduction
1-Write a background statement of approximately 1–2 pages that includes:
a-What you have learned about social change as a social issue.
b-What you have learned about social change as a research problem. Support your insights with academic citations from the Learning Resources.
c-Describe the gap that your study will address.
2-From the gap, create a brief purpose statement that is aligned with the following research question:
What is the meaning of social change for Walden graduate students?
To prepare for this Assignment:
Complete the coding for your first Scholars of Change video. You began coding this video in Week 5. Be sure to incorporate feedback and ideas from the Week 5 Discussion 1.
Complete the coding for your second Scholars of Change video. You will use the same process as the first Scholars of Change video you coded. Be sure to incorporate feedback and ideas from this week’s Discussion 2. video 1 Isaac, B. (2014). Benjamin Isaac, EdD student, inspiring children with special needs [Video file]. video 2 Kundert, J. (2012). Battling drug addiction in the heartland [Video file].
Consider your role as a qualitative researcher and begin writing Part 2 of this Major Assignment.
Part 2: Role of the Researcher
Review your analytic memos, field notes, etc., written during each aspect of the data collection process, and examine your role and experience and how that is shaping your experience (reflexivity).
Describe the roles you are portraying in this research effort (i.e., a graduate student, classmate, interviewer, etc.).
Identify any ethical issues that could or did arise during the data collection processes (i.e., these could include doing a study within one’s own work environment, conflict of interest, or power differentials).
To prepare for this Assignment:
Review the Interview Guide Instructions and the Interview Guide Example found in this week’s Learning Resources, and use these questions for your interview.
Conduct your phone interview with your colleague from this course or another Walden student you selected.
Make sure to record your phone interview for your transcription. (Note: It will be important for you to notify your interviewee that the interview will be recorded for transcription purposes prior to conducting the interview.)
Review the readings and media programs in this week’s Learning Resources related to coding and consider how you will code the data you have gathered for your Major Assignment 2.
Once you conduct your phone interview, begin to transcribe and code your interview.
Once you complete your phone interview, continue with the Part 3: Results section of your Major Assignment 2. You will continue to work through your Part 3: Results section in Weeks 7–9.
Part 3: Results
During this course, you have coded your two Scholars of Change videos, you have conducted and coded your phone interview, and you have gathered data from the Walden social change website and any other documents or websites you might have included. For this Part 3 of your Major Assignment, you will write up the results of your findings. You will include the following in your write-up:
A-Data Sources—briefly describe each data source including location, duration of data collection, how data were recorded, and unusual circumstances.
Two Scholars of Change videos
One phone interview
Resources from the Walden social change website
B=Instrumentation—briefly describe the type of instrumentation you used for your data collection.
a-Who developed each data collection tool and what is the date of publication?
b-Where and with which participant group has it been used previously?
c-How appropriate is it for current study and include whether modifications will be or were needed?
C-Data Analysis—based on the data sources in “A.”, provide a detailed analysis to include the following:
a-Report the process used to move inductively from coded units to larger representations including categories and themes.
b-Describe the specific codes, categories, and themes that emerged from the data using quotations as needed to emphasize their importance.
1st cycle—describe, give examples.
2nd cycle—describe, give examples/moving from codes to categories.
Identify themes—provide examples and illustrate your results with a figure or a chart.
To prepare for this Assignment:
Review the social change articles found in this week’s Learning Resources.
Part 4: Trustworthiness and Summary
Trustworthiness—summarize across the different data sources and respond to the following:
What themes are in common?
What sources have different themes?
Explain the trustworthiness of your findings, in terms of:
Based on the results of your analyses, how would you answer the question: “What is the meaning of social change for Walden graduate students?”