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  • EXPLORATORY RESEARCHANDREE C. SWANSON, EDD, MHR, MAOM

    FORBES SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, ASHFORD UNIVERSITY

  • MANDATED RESEARCH REQUIREMENTS = FEAR

  • WHY RESEARCH?

    research-based

    scholarly activity helps the

    individual faculty member

    to become a better

    teacher.

    (Richard & Parker, 1992, p. 79)

    leads to new and

    useful theories

    (Armstrong)

  • THEORY-BASED RESEARCHBOYER AND DEWEY

  • BOYERS MODEL OF SCHOLARSHIP

  • BOYERS MODEL OF SCHOLARSHIP

  • BOYERS MODEL OF SCHOLARSHIP

  • BOYERS MODEL OF SCHOLARSHIP

  • BOYERS MODEL OF SCHOLARSHIP

  • BOYERS MODEL OF SCHOLARSHIP

  • JOHN DEWEY THEORY OF EVIDENCE-BASED LEARNING

  • DEWEY DEFINING INQUIRY

    truth is inseparable

    from action and

    knowledge

    1. Indeterminate situation or

    an area of felt difficulty

    2. Recognize and state the

    problem

    3. Determine a reasonable

    and plausible solution

    4. Action test the hypothesis

  • WHY CONDUCT EXPLORATORY RESEARCH?

  • RESEARCH AND TEACHING

    Necessary ingredient in

    effective teaching

    Improves the practice of a

    particular discipline

    Perpetuates the discipline

    All faculty should teach and

    transmit knowledge

    (Richard & Parker, 1992, p. 79)

  • HIGHLIGHTS OF EXPLORATORY RESEARCH

    Initial research conducted

    to clarify and define the

    nature of a problem

    Does not provide conclusive

    evidence

    Subsequent research

    expected

    May not be as rigorous

    Sample sizes may be

    small

    Results may lead to your

    next study

  • FOUR METHODS TO IMPLEMENT EXPLORATORY RESEARCH

    Focus groups

    Secondary research (a

    literature review find the

    gaps)

    Expert / experience survey

    Open-ended questions

  • EXPERIENCE SURVEYS (EXPERT INTERVIEWS)

    Select a topic for a

    research problem

    Ask knowledgeable

    individuals

    Conduct interviews

    Conduct surveys

    Surveymonkey

    Qualtrics

  • PILOT STUDY

    Any small scale

    exploratory study that

    uses sampling

    Does not apply rigorous

    standards

    Not necessary to

    use

    Validated survey tools

    May generate a survey

    tool or theory from the

    research results

  • CASE STUDY METHOD

    Intensely investigates

    one or a few situations

    similar to the problem

    Investigate in depth

    Careful study

    May require

    Cooperation

    Permission

  • FOCUS GROUP INTERVIEWS

    Unstructured

    Free flowing

    Group interview

    Start with broad topic

    and focus in on specific

    issues

  • GROUP COMPOSITION

    6 to 10 people

    Relatively homogeneous

    Similar lifestyles and

    experiences

  • IRB APPROVALDont forget to run ALL research through your Institutions

    Review Board.

  • QUALITATIVE RESEARCH VERSUS QUANTITATIVE

    RESEARCH DESIGN

  • QUALITATIVE VERSUS QUANTITATIVE

  • ROLE PLAY

    Lets consider some

    topics for potential

    research

  • BIOGRAPHYDR. ANDREE SWANSON

    FORBES SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT ASHFORD UNIVERSITY

  • Assistant Professor and Chair of the Bachelors of Arts in Business Leadership,

    Forbes College of Business at Ashford University

    Ed.D. Educational Leadership, University of Phoenix

    MA, Organizational Management, University of Phoenix

    MHR, Human Relations, University of Oklahoma

    BS, Business Management and Administration, University of Maryland (European

    Division)

    Worked as a Dean of General Education, National Training Manager, and the

    US government (DoD, USAF, & USA), corporations, and higher education.

    DR. ANDREE SWANSON 2014, Dr. Andree Swanson