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the convenience of sampling for the researcher and the ready availability of potential research
participants willing to undergo such intense scrutiny. This particular health science center is
considered a model institution by several governmental agencies when it comes to recruitment
and retention of underrepresented minority students. In conforming with Schram's (2003)
assumptions of qualitative research and to shed light on global issues by paying attention to
particulars, the researcher used individual graduates from this health science center as units of
Qualitative research, in particular life history research, is designed for participants to tell
their stories in the context of their own lives, constructing meaning that helps them create a
framework for dealing with the world they have encountered. Researchers can take this meaning
and uncover patterns or relationships among the participants within a community. A goal for this
study was to uncover the patterns in participants' pathways to educational success at a health
science center and make meaning of those pathways.
In the initial phase of designing this study, at least two pieces of information had to be
discovered: One was the number of students who have graduated from the particular health
science center being studied, and the other was the number of students who graduated with each
degree offered. This information was needed for sampling purposes. This information was
presented in detail in the previous section, but it will be reviewed in this section in the context of
sampling. In all, 7% of the graduates of this health science center as of the 2004-2005 academic
year were of Latino descent. The four Latino students who were participants in this study were
chosen from the 11 total Latino students who graduated with doctoral degrees in 2004-2005,
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