The Interplay of Race, Class, and Gender: A Phenomenological Study.

The Interplay of Race, Class, and Gender: A Phenomenological Study

The purpose of the study is to understand the work lives of young adults after high school graduation.  The study revealed an interplay of race, class and gender influence the kinds of decisions your adults make when they leave secondary schools. Participants varied in style and ways of responding to questions. Data from the study showed that race, class, and gender matters in the way participants’ value education and school knowledge. In addition, results shows that local economic and social conditions influenced participants’ job opportunities independent of their educational preparation. Coming from a quantitative background to becoming a qualitative researcher made me appreciate the rich data from this qualitative study.  The presenter will share how to overcome the most difficult stage of a phenomenological study, which is putting the entire puzzle together.  This initially, I thought, would take three months, but I spent six months tearing the pieces apart and trying to understand the data in many ways. In this presentation, I will discuss how I compile my data through the months of data collection. Background knowledge gathered from field notes provided rich data base for the study.  As Costa, Hall, and Spear (2016) asserted, “researcher’s own background, experiences, and personal history with the subject of the study all work to color the interpretation, and are thus central to gaining a full understanding of the study results” (p. 673). 


Nova Southeastern University
Patricia Akojie, Ph. D.
Presentation Date: 
Monday, September 11, 2017
Event or Conference: 
The Qualitative Report's 9th Annual Conference
Presentation Type: 
Paper Presentation
Boyer's Domain: 
Presentation Location: 
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314
United States
Acceptance Email TQR 2018 From: Adam Rosenthal <> Date: March 8, 2017 at 9:39:33 AM CST To: "Patricia Akojie Dr." <> Cc: "The Presenters" <>, "The Administrators" <> Subject: MS #1831 - The Qualitative Report Conference Dear Patricia Akojie Dr., We are pleased to notify you that your proposal "The Interplay of Race, Class, and Gender: A Phenomenological Study" has been accepted for 20-minute paper presentation at The Qualitative Report's 9th Annual Conference (TQR2018), which will be held at Nova Southeastern University on January 11th through 13th, 2018. Congratulations! You will be notified of the particular time of your presentation in a future e-mail once all presenter registrations have been received and the conference program has been generated. When making your travel arrangements, please keep in mind that your presentation could take place Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (Saturday's presentation schedule could conclude as late at 5:00 PM). To pay your registration fee a special registration form for conference presenters has now opened at: Please be sure that we receive your registration by December 1, 2017 or your presentation may not be scheduled. Please visit the conference website periodically for information regarding hotels, plenary speakers, etc., at You can also keep up with the latest conference news at no cost by subscribing to TQR at Please let us know if you have any questions. You can direct all conference-related inquiries to Once again, congratulations, and we look forward to your presentation during the conference next January!