Project #49944 - journal activites

Create Journal activity: Review the "What to Expect: Advice at the Outset" audio program. Develop a journal template that you can re-use throughout the course. *The Journal topic: Pick a dissertation topic related to human services and Deconstruct the evolution of your Dissertation topic and your selection of a qualitative approach. Once you have your technology in place, think about your Dissertation topic, and trace the journey you and your topic have taken to get to this point in your studies. How did you choose your topic? How did you come to choose a qualitative approach for your Dissertation? You may wish to write your narrative in the left column and then go back and make comments in the right-hand column afterwards. Note that while this Journal assignment is required, you may or may not receive feedback from your Instructor on the contents of this Journal entry. If you need specific help or feedback from your Instructor, please send your Instructor an e-mail. Specifically, you will keep a 2-column journal where you will record your thoughts and observations in the left column and record your observations on your thinking process in the right column. In a sense, you are creating field notes on yourself. The exercise will help to develop your analytical and writing skills, and the information will help to provide a form of documentation of your progress with advanced qualitative reasoning and analysis. Course Text: Maxwell, J. A. (2005). Applied Social Research Methods Series: Vol. 41. Qualitative research design: An interactive approach (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Chapter 1, "A Model for Qualitative Research Design" Chapter 2, "Goals: Why Are You Doing This Study?" Chapter 4, "Research Questions: What Do You Want to Understand?" Chapter 1 gives an introduction and provides a model for qualitative research design. Chapter 2 explains the personal, practical, and intellectual goals that qualitative research can help you achieve. Chapter 4 describes the function of research questions and other kinds of questions, including generic, particularistic, instrumentalist, realist, variance, and process questions. Course Text: Miles, M. B., Huberman, A. M., & Saldana, J.(2014). Qualitative data analysis: A Methods sourcebook (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Chapter 1, "Introduction 3-16" Chapter 2, "Research Design and Management," pp. 252 8 Chapter 1 provides an overview of qualitative research, including varieties and recurring features of qualitative research, and describes three approaches to analyzing qualitative data. The excerpt from Chapter 2 outlines the process of formulating research questions. Course Text: Creswell, J. W. (2007). Qualitative inquiry & research design: Choosing among five approaches (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Chapter 4, "Five Qualitative Approaches to Inquiry" Chapter 6, "Introducing and Focusing the Study" In Chapter 4, you will learn about and compare the five qualitative approaches to inquiry: narrative research, phenomenological research, grounded theory research, ethnographic research, and case study research. In Chapter 6, you will learn how to introduce and focus your research study by stating the research problem, the purpose statement, and the research questions. Course Text: Patton, M. Q. (2002). Qualitative research & evaluation methods (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Chapter 2, "Strategic Themes in Qualitative Inquiry" This chapter describes several design strategies and analysis strategies in qualitative inquiry.

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