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assumptions informed the logic behind studying successful Latino graduates from a health
science center using life history analysis, which focuses on depth of inquiry.
Life History Analysis
Life history analysis, as a form of qualitative research, focuses on the ability of the
researcher to gain insights into a broader phenomenon by understanding the specific aspects of
specific people's lives (Cole & Knowles, 2001). A life history is a retrospective account by an
individual that is prompted by another individual (Watson & Watson-Franke, 1985). The account
is usually written, or the subject is recorded, and the life history provides information on the
participant's life in whole or in part. The recollection occurs during a limited time frame so the
participant maintains a consistent perspective. Life histories can sometimes provide more insight
than other more elaborate research techniques, which is one of the reasons why life history
research was chosen as a method of inquiry for this study (Watson & Watson-Franke, 1985).
Life history research was also chosen for its attention to pathway analysis. Since this
study is focused on pathway analysis, life history research seemed to be a logical choice as a
research tool. Also, because I was familiar with the setting where the research participants had
attended school, and somewhat familiar with three of the four research participants, life history
research seemed to make sense. Because of its attention to context as well as in-depth inquiry,
life history research is more likely elicited from research relationships that are more intimate in
their design and practice (Cole & Knowles, 2001).
Cole and Knowles (2001) advocate a more fluid relationship between researcher and
research participants in life history research, blurring what are considered the normal boundaries
of distance between researcher and research participant. Their focus is on care, sensitivity, and
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