The Nature of Qualitative Studies

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The Nature of Qualitative Studies Levonda J. Selph California InterContinental University (CalUniv) GRC 600 – Unit 4 August 5, 2014 Dr. Al Infande Introduction The purpose of this paper is to write a seven page essay with multiple sources including Elizabeth J. Tisdell’s (2000) paper on Spiritual Development and Commitments to Emancipotory Education in Women Adult Educators for Social Change in comparison to Sharan B. Merriam’s paper on How Cultural Values Shape Learning in Older Adulthood: The Case of Malaysia (2000). Limitations The limitations on both Merriam’s (2000) paper was greater than that of Tisdell. Merriam was required to travel across the world to Malaysia to…show more content…
Tisdell (2000) conducted her study also using the qualiative research method. She used a 4.5 – 3 hour taped interview to gather data. The taped interviews were later transcribed for review and analysis. Tisdell’s (2000) study population consist of 46 participants from various ethnic backgrounds. Tisdell’s research study appeared to be theoretical with an intent to determine how the participants spirituality affected their chosen careers in education, in addition to, how they viewed knowledge and education. The vehicle which Tisdell (2000) used for data analysis was the “constant comparative method.” (Merriam, 5998). Riessman (5993) tells us that “Interviews are transcribed to best represent the dynamic nature of the living conversation.” Purpose and Goals. The purpose of Merriam’s (2000) study was to become more knowledgeable about the nature of how older adults in Eastern Asia gain knowledge. Merriam (2000) attempted to prove that cultural values are “emotion-laden, internalized assumptions, beliefs, or standards that shop how we interpret our life experiences.” The purpose of Tisdell’s (2000) study was to look into the spiritial development of various cultural groups of women who choose adult education for social change; and, how the association of their career fields direct them toward emancipatory adult education practices. Data Collection. Merriam’s (2000) study
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