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Positive contribution of focus groups to mixed methods research: An example for discussion

Galliott and Graham (2016) used a sequential exploratory mixed method design to investigate career planning within adolescent populations in Australia. This post is an invitation to readers to explore the structure and use of the research method utilized by Galliott and Graham, and deepen the reader’s understanding of both mixed methods designs and the specific use of focus groups within such designs.

Determining Rigor and Excellence Within Practitioner Publications

In the opening article, readers were encouraged not to overlook publication through practitioner outlets. Practitioner publications were described as those which are targeted toward individuals working in their respective field, include information meant to help in the daily practice of engaging in those fields, and which may include some citations, references, and peer-review but often not as many or to the extent of academic, scholarly periodicals. However, an appropriate next question is, “How do I determine the rigor and excellence of a practitioner publication?” 

Natural Bedfellows: University of Phoenix Doctoral Programs Meeting the Call in Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s ‘The Responsive Ph.D.’

Doctoral education is increasingly adapting to modern cultural movements, which gives rise to questions of quality, purpose, and alignment of programs with current trends. Dr. Ryan Rominger, Associate University Research Chair, discusses how University of Phoenix meets the call to expand doctoral education beyond its traditionally viewed constraints. This article provides part 1 of a 2-part series exploring how UOPX aligns with the main themes found within The Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s report titled The Responsive Ph.D.

Response to ‘5 Reasons to Pursue a Practitioner Doctorate’

The practitioner doctorate has gained increasing focus over the past two decades.

Practitioner Publications: What Are They and Why Should I Consider Publishing in Them?

In many cases, academics engaged in research will craft an articulate, tantalizing article expounding upon the results and implications of a study. Once the article is crafted, revised, and honed, the researcher or team of researchers will (occasionally with prayers on bended knee) send off the article to a top tier academic/scholarly journal. Some of these articles even get published. However, there is another category of publications which many authors may be missing, and which may be more in alignment with one’s profession or have more impact on one’s professional career. This category is dubbed, practitioner periodicals.