Collaborative Reflection | Justin Gamache®, B.S., M.Ed.

Collaborative Reflection

            What I learned from my collaborative narrative journal was the understand of what a small research community is. A small research community is a collaborative process between the researcher and the community partners that creates and disseminates knowledge and creative expression with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community. In the mix of understanding this, my small research community learned about the interview process, synthesis, trustworthiness, and analyzing qualitative data. We worked together to conform results of the design we created, to initiate those results in honesty, and built responsibility towards our own learning. As a moment through this understand, I gained a powerful insight from the support from my team and as well as supporting their work as well learned that we can trust each other to learn, to grow, and communicate effectively to get the job done.

What did I learn?

The biggest part I learned from working with my team was trustworthiness, patience, and developing truth amongst each other. In trustworthiness I gained confidence, dependability, and reliability. In patience, I built the capacity to accept the delay without getting angry or upset at my team, of course patience is my strongest virtue and understanding I had to be patient with my team due to the different time schedules. In dependability and reliability, I learned that I am capable of being counted on and reliable on research, but also learned how to be dependent on my team because there is no I in team. I have to conclude that working with my small research community brought a deep respect for the work we achieved, the time we took building from our experience, and how faithful we were to completing our tasks. I learned the importance of analyzing and synthesis, observation, trusting, phenomenology, ways of knowing, and building from direct experience.

How will you apply this to future research?

The biggest and major theme I can consult to applying what I learned from the past eight weeks to my future research is being able to apply “listening, speaking, reading, and organization skills to the raw data I collect from my research data into categorical columns” (Ollerenshaw and Creswell, 2002). Listening, speaking, reading, and organizational skills are the key factor to any researcher, and these skills will be applied from direct experiences in my future research. My research question, what are the effects of sound on the human body? Is by itself a way of collecting necessary data that would be exploratory research, and will take all the odds to build trustworthy data, patience because it is a subject that is strongly built from direct experience, and organization of reliable research that explores various types of triangulation strategies and indicates the different types of triangulation used in my future research.


While it may have been difficult at first getting together with my group, it would be imperative as a qualitative researcher to be more thorough with a clear message to understand the meaning of what qualitative research is. A small research community is a collaborative process between the researcher and the community partners. This community creates and disseminates knowledge for the creative expression. This community also builds goals to contribute to the discipline and strengthening of the well-being of each other




Ollerenshaw, J. & Creswell, J. (2002).  Narrative research:  A comparison of two restoring data analysis approaches.  Qualitative Inquiry, 8(3), 329-347.