The Qualitative Evaluation Checklist by M.Q. Patton is a no-nonsense reality check and a must read when looking at one’s plan, timeline, methodology and the myriad of little decisions one needs to make when setting out to do research. This dissertation work is similar to building our house. I tried to plan as much as possible ahead of time, with the awareness that those plans could go out the door and I would not have control. Like our cement slab could not be poured for two weeks because we had a deluge. If the cement slab is not poured, the builders cannot start. If the builders cannot start, the lumber needs to be stored away from possible thieves. On and on.
The Patton checklist was paired up with Bricki and Green’s “A guide to using qualitative research methodology.”
So what did I get?
My research question: how does the Alana project PD course transform unit planning? would need to look at the perspectives of the participants (self-assessing transformation); look at the phenomena of the process and observe that process in depth. I think that is what makes it qualitative.
But often, in research, people are still stuck on the idea that research needs to be reproducible. I don’t know if this is reproducible, so who are the primary users of my research? How will they judge the quality of my work? Gah!!!
Forced to answer that question, or make up an answer, I will say that the primary users of my research are instructional coaches/culture-based education coaches who will take up the charge by Kanaiaupuni that CBE shows promise for our students. They will judge the worth of this research by the results of this research. I think they will need to see the continuity and student work portion even if it is out of scope from this research. How do I do that?
How will I collect data? Individual interview, group, observation. I am only dealing with 7 people, so 7 people it is.