The topic for this paper is to determine what is meant by social change from the perspective of graduate students today. The paper is organized into four parts. The first part presents a background statement concerning the issue of interest and the gap in the existing body of knowledge the study intends to address. A description concerning the role of the researcher is provided in the second part and an explanation concerning the process of gathering, organizing, and analyzing data to form the basis of the methods used in this study are presented in part three followed by the analysis and interpretation of those data. Finally, a discussion concerning the trustworthiness of the findings that emerged from this analysis and a summary of the research are presented in part four.
While quantitative studies such as random clinical trials remain the gold standard for social science research, a growing number of researchers are using qualitative methods as well, most especially in those cases where gaining fresh insights into the lived experiences of respondents is the goal (Neuman, 2003). For example, according to Hansen (2009), "Qualitative research aims to provide detailed descriptions and analysis of the quality or substance of the human experience" (p. 5). In this context, the role of qualitative researchers is to develop a better understanding of the meanings of studied lived experiences including the interpretations that others assign to their behaviors as well as their own responses to various situations and events in real-world settings (Hansen, 2009).
Describe the roles you are portraying in this research effort (i.e., a graduate student, classmate, interviewer, etc.).
The principal researcher in this study assumed a graduate student role using qualitative research strategies.
Identify any ethical issues that could or did arise during the data collection processes (i.e., these could include doing a study within one's own work environment, conflict of interest, or power differentials).
Qualitative social science researchers are faced with some novel ethical issues that are not always shared by their quantitative counterparts. For instance, Harper and Thompson (2012) report that, "Confidentiality, privacy, informed consent, harm and power are particularly complex because of the interaction between participant and researcher, [and] the way qualitative interviews can cover unanticipated ground" (p. 237). Therefore, all respondents will be consented using an approved institutional review board instrument that is designed for that purpose.
Part 3: Results
The results of the review of the three selected peer-reviewed journal articles follow below.
a. Data Sources. The sources of the data used in this study were reliable online academic research resources such as EBSCOHost and Questia that provide a searchable database of peer-reviewed journal articles. The search terms used for identifying relevant journal articles included "generational cohorts," "intergenerational differences, "social media," "Millennials," "Generation X," "Generation Y," and so forth. Data collection proceeded over the course of a 3-day period and the results were recorded using a word table. This approach is consistent with the guidance provided by the American Psychological Association's Publication Manual (6th ed.), which states, "Word tables present qualitative comparisons or descriptive information. For example, a word table can enable the reader to compare characteristics of studies in an article that reviews many studies, or it can present questions and responses from a survey or shown an outline of the elements of a theory. Word tables illustrate the discussion in the text" (p. 161).…
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