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respect in the research process when undertaking life history research, thereby including research
participants in the production of knowledge. The Cole and Knowles (2001) approach informed
this study. I found this approach most effective since the participants are all educated in the
process of collecting research, and at least two of the participants are currently active in ways to
increase minority participation in healthcare or health-related fields. Because context of the
inquiry weighs heavily into interpretation of life history analysis and validity of its findings, this
aspect of the research methodology will be covered in a separate section.
Context of the Inquiry
As part of the context of the inquiry, it is imperative to not only look at the characteristics
of the health science center where the students attended college, but my relationship to the topic,
and my relationship to each participant in the study prior to collecting data. These factors
informed this study and were kept in mind during data analysis. To maintain an open and
transparent inquiry, the topics associated with context of the inquiry will be discussed in-depth in
this section. A list of nine questions from Watson and Watson-Franke (1985) was also used to
address further issues of context for each of the participants. The nine questions are located in
the appendix. The questions were answered for every interview with each research participant.
Although the answers to some questions remained the same from one interview to the next, all
applicable questions were answered each time. Two of the questions will be addressed in this
section since they are constant: 1) How well did the investigator know the subject, and what was
their relationship; and 2) What were the investigator's own preconceptions about the culture, the
subject, and the data-collecting situation, and what self-perceived theoretical commitments did
she have that might have influenced how she collected, arranged, and interpreted the material.
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