Two studies investigating the meaning and articulation of multiple identities among Black college students revealed shifts in the findings from the 2001 study to the 2005 study. This theoretical review explores the role of the researcher as instrument within the constructivist research paradigm as a possible explanation for some of these apparent differences. Implications and suggestions for researchers and graduate preparation are offered.
This article originally appeared in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, vol. 47, issue 3, Sept. 2010, pages 287-302. It is available online at: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jsarp 10.2202/1949-6605.6130
Stewart, Dafina-Lazarus, "Researcher as Instrument: Understanding "Shifting" Findings in Constructivist Research" (2010). Higher Education and Student Affairs Faculty Publications. 6.
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