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Inquiry & Research: The 5 Inquiry Pathways: Getting Started

      

Description of the Five Inquiry Pathways

The Inquiry and Research pathways in the doctoral program are supported by librarian resources, instructional self-learning materials, elective tutorials, and taught seminars. Five pathways or thematic areas catalog the resources available and are described below:

  1. Philosophy of Science concerns the foundations, methods, and implications of science. It also looks at research as a political, value-driven activity. This pathway's resources include ontology, epistemology, paradigms of science, positionality, reflexivity, and deep learning.
  2. Appraisal of Research includes topics such as quantitative and qualitative criteria of rigor and approaches to appraising empirical research. This pathway's resources include the decision tree videos, quantitative validity and reliability, and qualitative trustworthiness.
  3. Qualitative Designs include resources on qualitative methodologies such as grounded theory, narrative inquiry, phenomenological inquiry, critical incident technique, ethnography, and arts-based inquiry. Resources on interviewing techniques, qualitative tutorials, multimedia teaching seminars, seminal books and journals, and examples of GSLC dissertations using qualitative methodologies are included for each qualitative approach.
  4. Quantitative Designs include resources on types of quantitative research, statistical methods, surveys, and scales. The quantitative research modules covering basic statistics, foundations of inferential statistics, and types of statistical analyses are found in this pathway. Tools for reading and understanding types of statistical analysis and quantitative journal articles also reside in this pathway
  5. Multiple Methods include mixed methods design and research approaches such as action research, case study, and appreciative inquiry. Resources for each multiple method approach include seminal books, journals, GSLC dissertations, and references