Overarching questions and assumptions

  1. Devotional – Hope through the atonement of Jesus Christ, Maxwell
    1. Participatory Action Research and Alma 5 – you need to ask questions all along in both situations.
      1. Proximate questions/hopes – things that come up along the way
      2. Ultimate questions/hopes – our main goals/questions
    2. Your questions guide your learning, you have to ask the right questions to go in the right direction and get to the right big question.
      1. It’s helpful to talk to people who have different assumptions to help you find the right questions
      2. It helps to have both insiders and outsiders to get all of the right questions.
    3. In research and in faith it doesn’t make sense to be asking the big questions without asking the small questions.
      1. How far should we dig down? How many why questions do we need to build a foundation on?
      2. These are introspective questions
    4. You have to be open to questions as they come through new experiences and interactions with others.
  2. Are there big assumptions?
    1. User experience design/research – a field of trying to understand how a user would use a product, information organization etc.; designing in a way that will work with that; following up with them to see if things are working.
    2. If you want to design for people you have to understand them
    3. If you go too far into a certain set of assumptions and naming your framework then it might stop you from adapting as necessary to your experiences.
    4. Maybe my assumptions are that things should be flexible.
      1. Case study? – Study a case, with a narrative lens?
        1. Not assuming that the case represents a phenomenon. All of my cases represent a BL phenomenon, but only as defined by them. Does a phenomenon have to agree with all the others in its group?
        2. Not transparent about your assumptions
      2. Conversational interviews – Kvale
      3. Narrative?- each person is creating their own meaning, we both have our own truth.
        1. They narrate their own stories, and then we narrate the big story of all of them.
        2. We all don’t want people to tell our story without our input. We want to tell our own story, not to have them tell our story.
  3. Negative Case analysis
    1. This needs more research
    2. You’d be disturbed by these differences
    3. You do some serious thinking about your conclusions, and how this new data fits in, or how they can be changed to fit this.
    4. I don’t see my cases all agreeing on many/any points. I think we’ll see several patterns in most variables. I think their strengths will be both in the things they have in common, and their differences in which they could learn from each other (special difficulties, unique innovations). 
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