Category Archives: After the Proposal

How I Did It-Preparing for Data Collection

May 31, 2010

It’s Memorial Day and I am out-of-town visiting family at my mom’s house. It is hectic here with no opportunity to focus. I’m up early this morning to focus on getting ready for my proposal defense on Wednesday. (No one gets up before 11am in this house.) I have to get back in the habit of writing every single day because a part of my data collection procedures is a journal that I have to keep to use at the end for analysis. Keeping this journal was my practice, but in a couple of days I will be doing the real thing. I don’t think it will be difficult to write everyday now because I am back in control. No one has to approve anything right now. Collecting the data is my baby. In my IRB application, I laid out exactly what I will do, so I need to make a things-to-do list based on that and get started. If I say I am going to do it a certain way I have to stick to it. I’m supposed to go through the school district’s Exceptional Children’s department to find eligible special education teachers. I really hope they don’t make me wait too long. Luckily, since the county approved my research, they shouldn’t tell me no.



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How I Did It-IRB Approved My Proposal

May 28, 2010

I got partial IRB approval on Tuesday and full approval today! I’ve typed up a plan for data collection for this case study. I have less than two weeks to find potential participants, decide if they meet the criteria for the study and to set up and follow through with face-to-face interviews. I will also be doing a document review and using a data journal to aid in analysis when it is time to. There is nothing to hold me back now. Let’s go!





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How I Did It-IRB Applications Submitted

May 16, 2010

Today, I didn’t do anything or go anywhere. I didn’t do work.  Both of my IRB applications were submitted this week so I can breathe a little. I should prepare to defend my proposal, but I’m not quite sure how to go about it yet. I guess I should just study my proposal to know it inside and out. I will convert it into a PowerPoint. I also should study how I am going to collect my data and wrap my mind around the idea of doing the most important part of this dissertation at the busiest time of the school year. I will be interviewing teachers. School ends June 10th and the workday is the 14th. If I don’t get to these teachers before they leave the schools, I might as well forget about it. This is cutting it way too close. Lord, give me favor with the IRB to get this moving in time to have the interviews. Most teachers disappear in the summertime.



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