CEITR June Newsletter

CEITR June Newsletter

June 16, 2019: CEITR Faculty and Alumni newsletter

In this short article, we highlight some of the achievements and successes of CEITR faculty, alumni and other affiliates in an effort to make appreciation more of a continuing condition rather than an event.  Remember the newsletter presents the news; click on the link to read further details in the Research Hub news center. Our intention in developing the newsletter was and is to recognize the pivotal role that faculty members play in the success of College of Doctoral Studies (CDS) students and ultimately the larger university community.  A second purpose is to strengthen our research community.  To that effect, we are adding some updates about some of the CEITR center groups.  And now for the news!

Updates on CEITR center groups

Dissertation to Publication  (D2P)

The D2P Spring, 2019 workshop concluded in April 2019.  Submission to a scholarly journal was the final step in successfully completing the workshop.  A call for participation in the fall, 2019 D2P workshop will go out later this year but interested graduates or those near to graduation may apply now.  University of Phoenix affiliates, including faculty, staff, graduated doctoral students, and doctoral students close to graduation, who are interested in publishing their doctoral dissertations (in all disciplines) are encouraged to participate. Dissertation chairs/committee members may participate with their doctoral students. Official registration for the Fall 2019 D2P workshop is August 21st through 25th; however, interested dissertation writers and chairs may pre-register now.   The roster will be finalized on August 25th, 2019.  https://research.phoenix.edu/news/pre-registration-dissertation-publication-workshop-fall-2019-august

The Alumni SIG invites successful SAS alumni to talk informally about their experiences as doctoral students and graduates. Visit this page to see more about the achievements and celebrations of our CDS graduates and for more information about the program.  https://research.phoenix.edu/content/alumni

Research Methodology Group (RMG) The RMG provides materials, webinars, and links to articles or other resources.  Every month, new topics are presented for discussion.  Click on the URL for the schedule: https://research.phoenix.edu/content/research-methodology-group/research-method-webinars

Upcoming events are:Dr. Karen Johnson, Phenomenology, June 20th Dr. Armando Paladino, Correlational Designs, July 18th, Dr. Ryan Rominger, Program Evaluation, August 1st,Dr. Jim Lane, Auto Ethnography, August 15th,Dr. Mark McCaslin, Grounded Theory, leader, September 5th

Research Support Group

The mission of the group is to enhance doctoral students’ learning experiences, quality of research projects, and professional development by providing supportive community, resources, guidelines, trainings, and consulting.. Find out more here: https://research.phoenix.edu/content/dissertation-support-group/webinars-and-trainings

Upcoming Research Support Group events include the following: 6/27-The Boyer Model: A Guideline to Research and Scholarship presenters are Mansureh Kebritchi, Liz Johnston, Pat D’Urso; 7/11 -How to complete a successful IRB application . Presenter is Dr. Andrew Maus;  8/1 How to engage in the writing workshop. Presenter is Dr. Kimberly Underwood; 8/22- How to use Sage resources. Presener is Ryan Rominger; 8/29-How to develop a successful literature review. Presenter is Erik Bean.

Updates on CEITR affiliates including faculty, alumni, and others. We will continue to present accomplishment within the lens of the Bower Model.  Accomplishments are grouped as the scholarship of discovery, teaching, application, and integration. In this issue, we have scholarship, teaching, and application.

Faculty and Alumni Scholarship of Discovery- Peer Reviewed Journal Publication

Congratulations to CETR members Dr. Patricia AkojieDr. Fern Entrekin, Dr. Debra Bacon, and Dr. Therese Kanai who recently published an article. The title is: Qualitative Meta-Data Analysis: Perceptions and Experiences of Online Doctoral Students>  Details including the reference and abstract appear below. 

Abstract: The profiles of online and traditional doctoral students contrast sharply. A traditional doctoral student lives on-campus and pursues the degree in a face to face environment. This meta-data analysis peruses the research findings from primary research studies on online doctoral students. A systematic search of qualitative research articles, that presented the personal perspectives of online doctoral students, was examined to identify common properties in isolated studies. Factors that directly impact the ability of doctoral candidates to be successful in their online doctoral degree program were identified. Positive factors included cohort groups, supportive mentors, and the ability to pursue a doctoral degree. Obstacles faced by doctoral online students included balancing work, family, school, and a sense of isolation. The results of this meta-data analysis will provide higher education with insights into the online doctoral students’ perceptions and experiences.

Reference: Akojie, P., Entrekin, F., Bacon, D., & Kanai, T. (2019). Qualitative meta-data analysis: Perceptions and experiences of online doctoral students. American Journal of Qualitative Research, 3(1), 119-139: Link to  Journal Articlehttps://www.ajqr.org/article/qualitative-meta-data-analysis-perceptions-...

Link to CEITR news announcement: https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/congratulations-ceitr-affiliates-dr-0

Congratulations to CETR members Dr. Kristina McGaha and Dr. Patricia D'Urso who recently published an article. The title: A non-traditional validation tool: Using cultural domain analysis for interpretive phenomenology.  Details including the reference and abstract appear below.

Abstract: Validation is a critical element of analysis, which increases the credibility, rigor, and trustworthiness of research. Interpretive phenomenology traditionally has employed member checking as the validation tool to support the themes cultivated from data. However, the literature has challenged member checking as being insufficient or inaccurate in validating interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA). Using cultural domain analysis (CDA) to validate IPA findings is a novel and non-traditional approach to the method design. CDA, a method more commonly associated with ethnographic or anthropological research, parallels the epistemology and ontology of IPA. This article illustrates the use of free listing (a CDA tool) to validate findings of an interpretive phenomenological study about Generation Z’s experiences in the workplace. A brief discussion of the study will be included to establish context, but the primary discussion will address using cultural domain analysis to validate IPA. The implications, limitations, and challenges of this method design will also be discussed.

Reference: McGaha, K.K., & D’Urso, P. A., (2019) A non-traditional validation tool: using cultural domain analysis for interpretive phenomenology, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2019.1621474

Link to CEITR announcement: https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/congratulations-cetr-members-dr

Congratulations to Dr Shaila Wong and Doctor Dale Crowe who recently published an article.  Details including the reference and abstract are included below.     

Abstract: The purpose of this research examines the association between engagement indicators and intent to persist of first year full time Hispanic students attending public universities versus private universities. Meta data from the Your First College Year survey from the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) was selected for this study. The approach included using a descriptive correlational design and regression analysis to examine the relationship between engagement indicators and persistence among first year, full time Hispanic students and persistence.  Purposeful sampling obtained from the HERI data set resulted in a sample size of 1206 students who attended public institutions and 1187 students who attended private institutions.

Analysis of the results disclosed a positive correlation between first year Hispanic students’ intent to persist, satisfaction with peer interactions, amount of contact with faculty, first year programs, and sense of belonging. Results of the analysis disclosed differences between public and private institutions. Of the collective variables, satisfaction with amount of contact with faculty and sense of belonging are significant predictors of persistence.

The sample of the study was limited to the use of archival data and the responses to specific questions obtained from the 2014 YFCY survey.  Factors such as insufficient experience at the college students are attending, unwillingness to provide honest feedback, and exaggerating specific areas of their behavior or performance may affect students who respond to surveys (Kuh, 2004) affecting the accuracy of the data.  Further, 89.7% of the variance in persistence has not been explained. Adding or using different variables and utilizing a more advanced statistical technique may account for additional variance.  Cause and effect cannot be determined from correlational analysis and the possibility exists that an unknown variable may be the cause of a correlation within the study.  Incomplete information from predictors, complete separation, and overdispersion can lead to SPSS output errors for logistic regression analysis.

It is important for higher education administrators to understand the cultural differences of not only Hispanic students but other ethnic and racial groups.  As a global society, public and private higher education institutions are looking for more inclusion of multi-cultural students. Recruitment is obviously important, but to recruit is not enough.  It is the responsibility of higher education administrators to do all that is reasonably possible to retain students through graduation.

Studies have been conducted on academic disparities between Hispanic students and their White counterparts, but few studies exist on the factors associated to persistence among the first-year Hispanic student population.  Results of this study may add to the existing body of knowledge and assist with faculty development of programs, decisions on class size, improvements to pedagogy, and discussions to improve the campus climate for Hispanic students.  Using the resources of HERI, future studies can be conducted involving other races and ethnicities.

Reference: Wong, S., & Crowe, D., (2019) Persistence and engagement among first year Hispanic students. Journal for Multicultural Education, DOI.10.1108/JME-12-2017-0072 

Link to CEITR news: https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/congratulations-cetr-members-dr-shaila

Congratulations to SDS alumni Dr. Wouroud Elfarmawi who developed and published an article based on her dissertation and developed during the Spring, 2019 Dissertation to Publication workshop. Details are included below.  Dr. Elfarmawi and Dr. Elizabeth Johnston, the D2P reviewer, are both very pleased. 

Abstract: This quantitative correlational research examined the correlations between customer relation-ship management (CRM) usage, product innovation, and customer satisfaction. The general problem was the lack of evidence indicating the use of CRM system as effective in improving small- to medi-um-size companies’ performance. Hence, the specific problem was to determine the beneficial use of a CRM system for customer satisfaction and product innovation. Data were gathered through sur-veymonkey.com. A total of 97 respondents were selected as sample from 10 small- to medium-size companies to answer the survey questions. Respondents were top managers, middle managers, and first-line managers of the selected organization. Statistics of the study were provided with the help of IBM Statistical Package for Social and Sciences version 23. The findings showed a strong correlation between the use of CRM system and customer satisfaction. They indicated the use of CRM system could improve the relationship with existing customers, could help attract prospective customers, and could win back former customers.

Reference: Elfarmawi, W., (2019) Correlation between customer relationship management system usage, product innovation, and customer satisfaction. Foundations of Management: The Journal of Warsaw University of Technology (11)1pp23-32. https://content.sciendo.com/view/journals/fman/11/1/article-p23.xml

Link to CEITR announcement: https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/sds-alumni-drwouroud-elfarmawi

Congratulations to SDS alumni Dr. Natasha Morrison-Jones, and her chair,  Dr. Teresa North who learned their article developed during the Fall, 2018 Dissertation to Publication workshop was accepted for publication. Dr. Elizabeth Johnston was the D2P reviewer. Details are included below.  The DOI is included below but may not be active for the next few weeks.

Abstract: Learning Management Systems (LMS) harness and share knowledge. The most extensive and well-populated knowledge networks are useless if they remain underutilized, with lower performing students 40% less likely to effectively use the LMS than higher performing peers. This study investigated the effect of four typographic elements—typeface, size, alignment, and emphasis—on perceived knowledge sharing effectiveness. With a sample size of 108 participants, typeface, size, alignment, and emphasis each had a significant (p < .05) effect on knowledge sharing effectiveness. Arial was the preferred typeface (p < .0001), 12-point the preferred font size (p = .0001), left or justified the preferred alignment (p < .0001), and sentence case the preferred emphasis (p < .0001). The ease and increased prevalence of adjusting these typographic elements thus leads to potential adverse effects on student use of LMS and their learning outcomes.

Reference: Morrison-Jones, N., & North, T. (2020) Typographic effect on learning management system effectiveness. World Journal of Educational Research, 6(2). https://doi.org/10.22158/wjer.v6n2p321

Link to CEITR news: https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/congratulations-dr-natasha-morrison

Alumni Dr. Marie Rolf and SDS faculty member Dr. Margaret Kroposki published an article following participation in a CEITR center Dissertation to Publication Workshop in Fall of 2018.   Susan Watson the third author for the study is a faculty member at the College of Nursing, Roseman University of Health Sciences, Henderson, Nevada.  The reference and abstract are included below.  Dr. Elizabeth Johnston was the D2P reviewer.

Structured Abstract: Aim This study evaluated the relationship of student input and throughput variables in a mastery learning baccalaureate nursing programme to licensure success.

Design:This study used a quantitative, correlational design.

Methods: Retrospective analysis of records of 367 graduates over a 6‐year period tested the relationship of pass rate on the licensing examination to six variables: overall pre‐admission grade point average, entrance assessment scores, interview scores, remediation, programme length and exit assessment using point‐biserial correlations, and chi‐square analysis and logistic regression analysis.

Results: Overall pre‐admission grade point average, entrance assessment scores, interview scores and exit assessment scores were positively correlated with student success. Although remediation and programme length were not correlated with success, 87% of the students participated in remediation. Most students (95%) successfully passed the Registered Nurse licence examination on their first attempt. While specific criteria were related to student success, further research is needed to determine the role of remediation.

Reference: Rolf, M., Kroposki, M., & Watson, S., (2019) Quantitative Evaluation of Variables to Student Success in a Mastery Learning Baccalaureate Nursing Program. Nursing Open https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.278

Online Library: Wiley Publishing

Link to CEITR news: https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/dr-marie-rolf-and-dr-margaret-kroposki

Congratulations to Alumni Dr. Amanda Bartock who received confirmation that her article developed in the Fall, 2018 Dissertation to Publication (D2P) workshop has been accepted for publication in Performance Improvement journal.  The article title is: A study on the relationship between emotional intelligence and employee turnover.  The abstract and citation appear below.  The publication DOI will be live sometime in May.  Dr. Elizabeth Johnston was the D2P reviewer.

Abstract: Retaining talent continues to be an organizational issue, and surviving employees of a layoff are more likely to leave an organization voluntarily for alternative work. A quantitative method was used to explore emotional-intelligence levels of individuals, voluntary turnover, and voluntary turnover intention using Schutte et al.’s questionnaire. A significant statistical relationship was found between emotional intelligence and one of four components of the unfolding model of voluntary turnover.

Reference: Bartock, A. (2019).  A study on the relationship between emotional intelligence and employee turnover.  Performance Improvement. DOI: 10.1002/pfi.21865

Link to CEITR news: https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/dr-amanda-bartock-publishes-d2p

Congratulations to Dr. Felicia Ann Riney who published an article recently.  The reference and abstract are included below.  Dr. Riney was a participant in the D2P workshop.  Dr. Sandra Nunn was the workshop reviewer for the article, 

Abstract: In today's local and global economy, similarities exist among companies in the types of fraud documented, lack of internal controls, and weak authorizing hierarchy that lead to the increase of fraudulent acts and the decrease of revenue. Since similarities exist, standard practices such as a combination of prevention and detection tools, will minimize the risks associated with fraud and make vulnerable organizational structures stronger and resistant to fraud tactics.

Reference: Riney, F. (2018). Two‐Step Fraud Defense System: Prevention and Detection. Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance, 29(2), 74-86. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcaf.22336

Link to CEITR news: https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/dr-felicia-riney-published-article

Congratulations to Dr. Burl Randolph and Dr Kim Nisbett on the publication of their article. The article abstract and reference are included below.

Abstract: The importance of mentoring to career development is well recognized; yet practice does not always follow theory, often to the exclusion of minorities and women.  Interviews with 13 US Army officers representing various backgrounds highlighted several inequities that have been reported in previous organizational research. The inquiry also emphasized the need for organizational leaders to create a common operating picture to improve the execution of their mentoring programs, ensure ongoing mentoring throughout staff members' careers, and identify and eliminate barriers to mentoring based on race or gender. Although such efforts may require a paradigm shift in organizational practices and culture, they are essential to ensuring equity in the workplace, robust leadership development, a high level of commitment and performance, and success at all levels.

Reference: Randolph, Jr., B.W. & Nisbett, K. (2019). Mentoring leaders across race and gender lines: Insight from US Army officers. Global Business and Organizational Excellence, 38(4), 16-25. doi: 10.1002/joe.21931

  Link to CEITR news: https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/congratulations-ceitr-affiliates-dr-1

Congratulations to Dr Marisela Jimenez who recently published an article developed in a D2P workshop. Dr. Sandra Nunn was the workshop reviewer for the article.  The reference and abstract is included below. 

Abstract: Transformational leadership style and emotional intelligence are aiding managers’ performance. This study explained the influence that transformational style and emotional intelligence flexibility subscale have on organizational performance during change initiatives. Emotional intelligence and leadership theory represent the theoretical lens and framework in the research study. Emotional intelligence flexibility subscale was assessed with the Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0 (EQi 2.0), and transformational style was assessed with the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ 5X). The study included a population of 180 managers from a nonprofit company in Texas, USA. Data collected were analyzed using multiple linear regression and Pearson correlational model to assess if a relationship existed between managers’ emotional intelligence flexibility subscale and transformational style. The results showed a relationship between the emotional intelligence flexibility subscale and the transformational style. This research study may be beneficial to leaders in all industries undergoing organizational change to apply emotional intelligence flexibility subscale and transformational leadership style during the implementation of change initiatives.

Reference: Jiménez, M. (2018). Leadership Style, Organizational Performance, and Change Through the Lens of Emotional Intelligence, Foundations of Management, (0), 237-250.https://doi.org/10.2478/fman-2018-0018

Link to CEITR news: https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/dr-marisela-jimenez-recently-published

Scholarship of Discovery and Teaching

Congratulations to Dr. Leah Hollis and Dr. Simone Arnold.  Dr. Heinrich Eylers, Dr. Mark McCaslin and the College of Doctoral Studies recognized Dr. Arnold’s dissertation: A Quantitative Descriptive-Comparative Study: The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Workplace Diversity, as the Dissertation of the Year!  Dr. Patricia D’Urso and Dr. Kimberly Underwood were committee members.  The award was announced in a ceremony to present awards and recognition during Knowledge Without Boundaries Research Summit – an explorative virtual conference. The award includes an honorarium of $500.00.  Dr. Hollis and Dr. Arnold are both members of CEITR.

Abstract: Despite mounting evidence of emotional intelligence on creating positive attitudes, fostering collaboration, and managing conflict, the relationship of emotional intelligence and workforce diversity in women and minorities is not widely known. The proliferation of emotionally intelligent women and minorities in the American workforce misaligns with the current insufficiency in workplace diversity in senior roles at U.S. firms in the high-tech sector. This quantitative descriptive-comparative study was conducted to examine the relationship between emotional intelligence and workplace diversity. The sample consisted of 340 women, Hispanic, Asian, and Black employees in managerial and leadership roles at top, publicly-held technology and solutions-based firms in the U.S. The theoretical framework used in this study was foundational theories in emotional intelligence, cultural diversity, organizational, and diversity and inclusion.

Participants’ emotional intelligence responsiveness were assessed with the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0) assessment. Descriptive statistical analysis, inferential statistical procedures, MANOVA tests, and post hoc analyses were applied using SPSS Software® to evaluate results from fourteen research questions and related hypotheses. Results show a significant and positive influence of emotional intelligence on women and minorities by group, ^ = 0.79, X2 (45) = 71.4, p = .007 and by ethnicity ^ = 0.68, X2 (15) =38.48, p = .001. Discovery of statistical differences in emotional intelligence and workplace diversity in women and minorities provide leaders with newer insights to improve acquisition, placement, advancement, and retention strategies for diverse leaders who are skilled in emotional intelligence but remain underrepresented in senior roles in the high-tech sector.

Link to CEITR news: https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/congratulations-ceitr-affiliates-dr

Congratulations to Dr. Khalida Ayoub and chair Dr. Elizabeth Johnston. Dr. Heinrich Eylers, Dr. Mark McCaslin and the College of Doctoral Studies recognized Dr. Khalida Ayoub SDS, alumni for the Dissertation of the year award. Dr. Elizabeth Johnston was the Dissertation Chair. Dr Rita Hartman and Dr. Louise Underdahl were committee members. The dissertation title is Recommended Health Care Models for American Muslim Women: A Delphi Study. The award was announced in a ceremony to present awards and recognition during Knowledge Without Boundaries Research Summit – an explorative virtual conference. The award includes an honorarium of $500.00.

Abstract: Health professionals continually face new challenges in maintaining the quality of health care among their ethnically and culturally diverse patients (Allen et al., 2010).  Understanding the reasoning in seeking proper health care is imperative for improving the quality of health care among ethnically diverse patients.  The purpose of the qualitative, modified Delphi study was to achieve consensus among a group of 10 American Muslim women about preferred strategies, procedures, and models for seeking, accessing, and experiencing western medical services in comfort and security.  The goal of the proposed study was to obtain insights that may overcome barriers that prevent or discourage American Muslim women from seeking adequate health care and to contribute an understanding of ways to stimulate further discussion to exploring reasons behind American Muslim women in seeking proper health care.  The conceptual framework drew from three categories: the first category was comprised of theoretical models: Kleinman’s cultural construction of clinical reality and Freire’s critical theory of pedagogy, the second category was comprised of research sources that showed the cultural and gender based beliefs of the American Muslim women, and the third category were the additional studies indicating the basis for understanding and exploring how religion or culture influences Muslim women’s decision to seek or not to seek health care.  A qualitative methodological research approach was selected to conduct this study.  The data that was used in this qualitative Delphi research study was gathered from the panel using Likert-type scale data and consensus measurement.  The panel of participants expressed the importance of American Muslim women’s preference of having a female practitioner when it came to specific health care issues.  Gaining consensus about preferred strategies, procedures, and models of accessing western medical services from a group of American Muslim women, who are aware of and engaged in Muslim practices, values and beliefs could provide new knowledge toward building the foundation of best practices sustainable to improve the quality of life for American Muslim women.  Additionally, the findings from this study could help community and health care leaders develop models, strategies and procedures for the future.

Link to CEITR news: https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/congratulations-dr-khalida-ayoub

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Bowers and chair Dr. Karen Johnson. Dr. Heinrich Eylers, Dr. Mark McCaslin and the College of Doctoral Studies recognized Dr. Barbara Bowers SDS, alumni for the Dissertation of the year award. Dr. Karen Johnson was the Dissertation Chair. Committee members were Dr. Cheri Halderman-Mills and Dr. Maja Zelihic. The dissertation title is Technology Leadership: A Qualitative Multiple Case Study Identifying Challenges Principals Face.  The award was announced in a ceremony to present awards and recognition during Knowledge Without Boundaries Research Summit – an explorative virtual conference. The award includes an honorarium of $500.00.

Abstract: Public school principals in the 21st-century must be leaders of technology implementation. Challenges exist because many principals are not sufficiently prepared to lead the implementation and integration of educational technologies in schools. The purpose of the qualitative exploratory multiple case study was to explore the successes and challenges public school principals in Central Ohio experienced as they developed their technological leadership skills and to identify the strategies and resources they found most beneficial to their development. The central research question focused on discovering the successes and challenges public school principals experienced as they developed technological leadership skills. The study sample size consisted of nine public school principals in the Central Ohio area. The data collection process consisted of face-to-face individual semi-structured interviews, document reviews, and direct observation. The interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed so participants could later review transcripts for accuracy. Each case in the qualitative exploratory multiple case study was studied and analyzed individually before a cross-case analysis was conducted. The findings from the cross-case analysis generated 10 themes to answer the central research and sub-research questions. Findings from the study may provide school district administrators, principal preparation program leaders, and other professional development agencies with new understandings of the experiences and needs of principals developing their technology leadership skills.

Link to CEITR news:  https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/dissertation-year-congratulations-dr

Scholarship of Discovery:  Presentations

Dr. Melissa Varley was invited to speak at the Frontline Education Insights Summit national conference held in Orlando, Florida in March 2019.  A description of Dr. Varley’s presentation is included below.

Changing Culture by Building Leadership Capacity with Dr. Melissa Varley, Superintendent | Florham Park Board of Education, NJ: In this session, you will see how district and building leaders can create growth amongst teachers by building their leadership skills. Dr. Melissa Varley will discuss the trials and tribulations, along with the successes of creating a culture change in a small district. In this session, she will discuss adult theory, leadership theory, and egalitarian norms. She focuses on change to create a more academic, challenging environment.

Link to CEITR news: https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/news/ceitr-member-dr-melissa-varley-speaks


Dr. Jim Lane, Dr. Shaquanah Robinson, Dr. Belinda Moses, Dr. Sally Evans, and Dr. David Proudfoot attended the TQR conference and presented their study, Hurricanes, Schools, and the Ethics of Care and Community: A Narrative Study of School Leadership

This presentation discussed a narrative study that described how professional ethics were reflected in the practices and experiences of school leaders supervising community disaster shelters in Central Florida in 2017 during Hurricane Irma.  The study applied two frameworks of school service, Ethic of Community and Ethic of Care, to understand how values shaped these leaders’ experiences as they worked with shelter guests.  The analysis was guided by five domains of responsibility proposed by Starratt (2006) that are central to educational leadership: Responsibility as a human being; responsibility as a citizen and public servant; responsibility as an educator; responsibility as an educational administrator; and responsibility as an educational leader.  Researchers interviewed principals, plant managers, and food service managers to learn their experiences and insights and capture common themes.  By describing and analyzing the insights of these leaders, researchers gained a better understanding of the ways that school leaders applied their own sense of ethics in responding to the needs of those within their care.  This study provides insight into ways that school leaders extend their leadership and care into the community beyond the specific school shareholders.  It further explains the value and function of public schools within a democracy.

Dr. Lane also presented Stories Told and Lessons Learned: Reflections on a Year of Narrative Research

John Dewey argued that education and experience are inextricably linked.  Clandinin and Connelly define narrative inquiry as “trying to make sense of life as lived.” In this presentation, Dr. Lane discussed how he re-discovered and applied these concepts through five narrative studies in which he explored variously the lived experiences of novice teachers, school leaders, and graphic artists.  He shared insights gleaned from techniques he followed, mistakes he made, and lessons he learned.  He described the knowledge gained from hearing people’s life stories and share how the studies individually and collectively shaped his professional education.

Both presentations were highlighted in the TQR report for 2019 and are available at https://tqr.nova.edu/tqr-10th-annual-conference-presentations/

Scholarship of Application

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Conneley who was appointed a peer reviewer for the IGI publication International Journal of Software Science and Computational Intelligence (IJSSCI) on February 12, 2019.





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