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participants' perspectives. The second assumption is that the constructing of knowledge is both
interactive and intersubjective. What this means to qualitative inquiry is that the research affects
the research, and the research affects the researcher, making for a constant attentiveness to the
involvement and reflexivity of the researcher. This assumption informed this study since the
context of the researcher's ever-changing relationship to the participants was analyzed. The third
assumption is that sensitivity to context must be undertaken so the phenomenon under
examination must be studied in the context in which it occurs, whether that is literally studying
the phenomenon in its context, or figuratively putting the phenomenon in context upon analysis
of data. This assumption informed this study because of the attention given to context within this
section, further relating the participants' success through context.
The fourth assumption is that the researcher must pay attention to particulars. Because of
the depth with which a phenomenon is studied, qualitative researchers pay attention to the
particulars in an attempt to shed light on large issues. This informed the research for this study as
individual graduates from a health science center were chosen as units of analysis to gain a more
global perspective on success. The fifth assumption is that qualitative research is fundamentally
interpretive, which plays into the idea of shedding light on issues at a global level (Schram,
2003). According to Schram (2003), that means "that qualitative inquiry is not a search for
knowledge for knowledge's sake [or for knowledge that is simply 'out there'], but a search for
the significance of knowledge" (p. 10). This assumption informed the inquiry in this study since
the researcher made recommendations on how knowledge gained from this research can affect
further research and actual practice for student success in the health sciences. All of these
assumptions informed the idea of the inquiry undertaken for this study, and all of these
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Colley, Kay Lynne. Latino success stories in higher education: A qualitative study of recent graduates from a health science center., dissertation, May 2007; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3687/m1/54/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .