I’m a big fan of Moral Tales. These are relatively short stories – sometimes real, sometimes made up, or at least embellished – that make a significant point about some issue or problem. Their aim is to open eyes, induce thought and reflection, and generally to suggest new ways of looking at situations. I’ve used them in my teaching ever since I started. One pretty great teacher you may recall called them “parables”,
The single most important factor in the quality of the student’s dissertation is the quality of the advising and mentoring that the student receives from his/her committee and most particularly, from the Chair. But the most highly visible part of doctoral programs is generally the course work.
Recently, there was a discussion on one of the LinkedIn boards about whether there was less value attached to a degree from a for-profit university rather than a more traditional non-profit one. This discussion inevitably becomes confounded with the value of online degrees vs. face-to-face ones, since most of the for-profit programs are online, entirely or primarily.
Well, here’s something different. I’ve recently dug out some material that I originally put together as introductions to various organizational research modules while at Trident U. However, they have long since ceased to use any of it, so I thought it might be worth bringing out of storage.
Strictly speaking, it’s probably two separate essays, one on research quality and one on levels of analysis.