ERIC Number: ED431970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Qualitative Studies in HRD.
The first of the four papers in this symposium, "What Is It Like To Be an Independent HRD Consultant?" (Alexander Ardishvili), reports on a phenomenological study that investigated the experience of being an independent HRD (human resource development) consultant through interviews with 10 successful HRD consultants. The study identified eight themes: freedom, flexibility, and control over one's destiny, time, and income; enjoying work; learning and exploring a variety of new things; responsibility; embracing the tenuous nature of things and coping with uncertainty; marketing, partnering, and referrals; working long hours; and focus. "Virtual Learning Communities: Creating Meaning Through Dialogue and Inquiry in Cyberspace" (Judy Milton, Mike Davis, Karen E. Watkins) provides a qualitative analysis of the interactions that occurred within small groups in an asynchronous, web-based distance learning environment, with findings suggesting elements (presented as a model) that contributed to or hindered the development of these groups as learning communities. "Conducting Multilingual Qualitative Research in Human Resource Development: Implications for Validity and Reliability" (Maria Cseh) addresses the question of ensuring the validity and reliability of a qualitative study conducted in more than one language. "An Ethnographic Study of Cross-Cultural Impacts on Tutoring in an Organization" (Lori A. Petersen), portrays one organization's use of tutoring in the Japanese language of a midwestern white male by a Japanese female instructor. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Consultants, Cross Cultural Studies, Distance Education, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Human Resources, Intercultural Communication, Japanese, Models, Multilingual Materials, Multilingualism, On the Job Training, Online Systems, Organizational Development, Outcomes of Education, Qualitative Research, Research Methodology, Surveys, Teaching Methods, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Training Methods, Tutoring, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Conference Proceedings; see CE 078 963.