In this module we will focus on how your epistemologies and paradigms shape research questions and methodological choices. Key components of this module include common (read mostly Western) ways of knowing, vocabulary used when writing qualitative research questions, and logistical choices you will need to make when doing research. The video below describes the purpose of each reading and outlines our goals for asynchronous and synchronous aspects of the module. (https://youtu.be/BCH5Adtx4QA)


Class material for today comes from Module 1 in the sample syllabus.

Synchronous Class Information

Power Point

Small Group Work

Module Readings

  • Merriam & Tisdell (2016) Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation (4th ed.). Jossey Bass. Chapters 1 -3. *note overlap in chapter 2.  
  • Bloomberg & Volpe (2019) Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Road Map From Beginning to End (4th ed.). Sage. Chapter 3; focus on pp 109-123 and table 3.1
  • Bhattacharya (2017) Fundamentals of Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide. Taylor & Frances. pp 1-3; pp. 42-48 and answer questions on page 45-46  
  • Solórzano & Yosso (2002) Critical race methodology: Counter-storytelling as an analytical framework for education research. Qualitative Inquiry, 23-44 
  • Agee (2009) Developing qualitative research questions: A reflective process. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 22(4) 431-447.

Asynchronous Lecture Video

Theory Within Educational Research (https://youtu.be/dU3ZyTm4KmA); 25 minutes.

Asynchronous Group Project : Photo Artifact

Over the course of the semester, our class will work through a group qualitative project. To help you explore creative ways to engage with data, you will post data to our group Dedoose project and practice data analysis. There will be 7 data options, you need to post 5.  

For this data option, log into Dedoose and upload 2-3 pictures that represent what it feels like to be a full-time doctoral student this week. Please only share what you are comfortable with other people seeing. Some options for you to consider include a photo of your desk or work space, a picture of the inside of your fridge, or a photo of something that made you happy this week. Make sure to caption and describe your photo so that others can use this for analysis.  Then, use the memo function in Dedoose to reflect on your first experience with data in this class. If you are posting pictures with other people, especially minors, please make sure to blur their faces.