Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hurry Up and Wait

Goldie knows!
I first heard the expression "hurry up and wait" when my mom used it to describe her experience in the United States Marine Corps.

My experience in the doctoral boot camp is similar.

I successfully defended my dissertation proposal in May on the very last day of the semester.  It was no easy feat to reach that deadline.  The proposal consists of the first three chapters of a five chapter dissertation.  It incorporates the research questions, theoretical framework, literature review and methodology.  It took me exactly nine months to write and revise--my baby--but the preparation that took place before I even sat down to write took almost a year (research, pilot study, etc).  It took me quite a while to understand how to even approach the task.  There is a very strict format with detailed specifications one must follow and learning to navigate them took some time.

It was a challenge to meet that May deadline.  I was so stressed out and felt so much pressure that as soon as I turned it in to my committee members, two weeks before I had to defend, I got sick. Ultimately, I persevered and passed.  I was allowed to open the next door and take another step towards the finish line.

That next step was obtaining approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) which monitors all studies to assure ethical treatment of human subjects.  However, in my case the review board was just then changing locations and undergoing staff changes.  I'd have to wait until they settled their internal affairs before my study could be reviewed.  So, I waited all summer.

I gained approval on September 26, 2013 and am now collecting data. My study examines the nature of reading assessment in K-5 classrooms in the Northeast with students who are deaf and hard of hearing.  I am doing this through an online survey and a series of teacher interviews.

The link to the survey is here.

I am certainly loving that the site I chose to house my survey is called Survey Monkey!  The Curious George connection is not lost on me.

If you fit the criteria (a K-5 teacher in the Northeast working with students who are deaf and hard of hearing) please take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey. Also, if you know of anyone who does fit the criteria please pass along the information to them.  The survey will be open for another 2 weeks.

In the meantime, I wait.


Angella said...

Hats off to you. Good luck!

Steve Reed said...

I'm sorry this process is so agonizingly slow! I'm still impressed that you're doing grad school at all. You have more fortitude than I do. :)

We use Survey Monkey at the school where I now work. I haven't yet designed a survey on it, but I hear it's easy to use and pretty wonderful.

Gary said...

Thank you Angella. Step by step...

Steve - I feel like getting a doctorate is like a program that is constantly running behind all the other programs on a computer. It is there in the background requiring energy but not always at the forefront. A great many other things require immediate attention but one of these days that program will be closed. Then the rest of my live can run a little smoother.

Survey Monkey is great! It made my pen and paper survey suddenly look amazing.


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