ERIC Number: ED365639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Doctoral Students' Experiences and Perceptions of the Graduate Program in Educational Leadership in the Center for Excellence in Education at Northern Arizona University. Focus Group Study.
Fontana, Kay; And Others
This study was conducted by seven graduate students to investigate their experiences in the Center for Excellence in Education doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University. The purpose of the study was to provide the graduate students with experience in conducting qualitative research. Aspects of the doctoral program studied included: acceptance into the doctoral program, statistic course requirements, dissertation and comprehensive exams, program mechanics, and other emergent factors. For each aspect studied, perceived strengths, perceived weaknesses, and recommendations for improvement were determined. Data were collected during two focus group sessions of approximately 1 hour duration. The group used a grounded theory approach to qualitative research, based on the criteria of fit, understanding, generality, and control. Rather than present a group conclusion, each member of the study group prepared a short, subjective statement summarizing the essence of their experience as a participant in the project. Sixteen recommendations for program improvements were generated. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Focus Groups Approach; Northern Arizona University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Arizona Educational Research Organization (6th, Tucson, AZ, November 4-5, 1993).