You are invited to take part in a research study about doctoral students selecting phenomenology as the appropriate method to conduct their research. The researcher is inviting doctoral students who have already selected phenomenology as their method and are in research phase, or Ph.D.'s who have completed their dissertations within last two years to participate in the study. This invitation appears on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. This form is part of a process called "informed consent" to allow you to understand this study before deciding whether to take part. Please click here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GVQFCCF) for further instructions to participate in this study.
This study is being conducted by researcher named Dr. Hamid Kazeroony at Walden University.
The purpose of this agogical phenomenological study is to understand how doctoral researchers arrive at selecting phenomenology as methodology and the reasons.
If you agree to take part in this study, you will be asked to provide informed consent and complete a demographic form.
It will take 10 minutes to complete the review of the online consent form on PP1-2 and complete the demographic form on Page 3.
Complete the questionnaire of seven open-ended questions on Page 4 and submit responses.
Here are some sample questions:
1. How did you hear about phenomenology as a viable methodology for your research and why did you think this method would be appropriate for your research?
2. At what point in your doctoral work, did you decide to use phenomenology as your research method? Thinking back, why that point in time, you think it was appropriate to make such decision?
3. Are you aware of any other research methods, if yes please state?
Voluntary Nature of the Study:
This study is voluntary. You are free to accept or turn down the invitation. The researcher will respect your decision of whether or not you choose to be in the study. If you decide to be in the study now, you can still change your mind later. You can stop at any time.
Risks and Benefits of Being in the Study:
Being in this type of study involves some risk of the minor discomforts that can be encountered in daily life, such as emotional discomfort based on your experience with perceived threat. Being in this study would not pose a risk to your safety or wellbeing. The potential benefit from the study is that it may help to provide empirical evidence to explore how doctoral researchers arrive at determining phenomenology as their research methodology.
Participants for this study will not receive any compensation. However, each participant does have the option of requesting from the researchers by email the study results and the conclusion of the study.
Reports coming out of this study will not share the identities of individual participants. Details that might identify participants, the location of the study which will not be shared. The researchers will not use your personal information for any purpose outside of this research project. Data will be kept secure by password protection, data encryption, use of participant codes in place of names, and storing names separately from the data in secured locations. Data will be kept for a period of at least five years, as required by the university.
Contacts and Questions:
You may ask any questions you have now. Or if you have questions later, you may contact the researcher via email to Hamid.Kazeroony2@mail.waldenu.edu. If you want to talk privately about your rights as a participant, you can call the Research Participant Advocate at my university at 1-612-312-1210. Walden University's approval number for this study is 02-25-19-5293766 and it expires on February 24th, 2018.
Obtaining Your Consent:
If you feel you understand the study well enough to make a decision about it, please document consent by providing your contact information and completing the demographic form on Page 3. Please print or save this consent form for your records.
Dr. Hamid Kazeroony