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The research uses and inculcates quantitative qualitative research methods and analysis.


Quantitative research measures and quantifies the causes and effect of variables on other variables for significant effect and influence.  Significant means beyond chance and probability.  Chance and probability is measured by a standardised alpha level that is normally set at 0.05 level of chance.  Hence any number of possible effect below this level means beyond chance or probability and hence significant effect.  Anything above this level means that it can be attributed and is above chance and probability and therefore insignificant.


Qualitative is the a description of the value of the interaction of the tested variables.  What does it mean? placing content, value and quality in the reasons for what had happened and the experiences of the participants of what is researched. 


My research studies whether following, applying and doing the theorised applied dialectical method and its different components – cycles of dialectical (fusing and using  contradictions and questions and answers and formulating the most suitable questions) reflective and dialogical enquiries, action plans and evaluation – leads to a greater qualitative transformation of the participants’ lives and wellbeing.


Social interactions is considered an important part of the ontological being, in, with and towards the world, and constructive, enriching and transforming interrelationships with other people is considered to be an important part of a meaningful and fulfilling life.


The desired thesis is therefore dialogical and dialectical, enriching, and transforming social interactions for the wellbeing and self-fulfillment of the participants.


The undesired thesis is an imposing, one-sided and dominating interactions that is counterproductive to the wellbeing, growth and empowerment of the participants.


The aim of the method is to qualitatively transform the undesired anti-thesis to the desired thesis by doing the theorised method. Does the method actually do this? Is doing the method leading to a greater qualitative transformation than not following the different components of theorised applied dialectical method?  




Dialogical interaction – sharing, co-creating, empathy, trust, mutuality, collaborative, engaging, all parties are involved, co-creating,


Imposing, one-sided interaction no dialogue, infliction, suppression, domination


Dialectical interaction – qualitatively transforming, enquiring, synthesising into novelty, fusion and using contradictions


Learning to qualitatively transform and change one-sided, imposing interaction into a more dialogical and dialectical interaction by doing the theorised method.


Qualitative transformation and improvement by doing the theorised applied dialectical method



1.      Qualitative Transformation of an individual over time and a challenging context and environment: Is there evidence of qualitative transformation

2.       relationship of equal or inequality: evidence

3.      Dialogue or monologue: evidence

4.      Co-creation Synthesis poiesis:

5.         Co - together, or of one-sided imposition

6.      Transcending the self and becoming more, a group collaboration

7.      Learning to self-improve and self-transform, heading using the comments and responses of critical friends and critical reflections

8.      Qualitative transformation by doing the theorised applied dialectical method


What type of interaction was it? dialogical or one-sided imposition, transformation and enrichment or imposition and alienation? Evidence


Was there transformation? evidence


Was there a synthesis, poeisis and co-creation?


Was there a transformation and enrichment of reflection to dialogue?


Was there a dialogue?


Was there an enrichment? evidence


Was there an empowerment, growth and greater wellbeing, humanity/humanisation and satisfaction? evidence


Was there learning and educational, epistemological and ontological transformation? evidence


Unit of appraisal: my interaction with my colleagues


Standards of judgement: i. dialogical; ii. relationships of equals; iii. co-creation, iv. co-enrichment, v. synthesis, vi. creation of a novelty, vii. dialectical (transformative, questions and answers, fusion and using contradictions) viii. learning



Dialogical – engaging, two-sided, involving the interacting parties

Impositional – one-sided, non-transformative, alienating,

Dialectical – transformative, synthesising,


My interaction was dialogical (synthesising, co-creating, engaging, enriching, caring, pleasant,)


My interaction was imposing, one-sided, alienating, counterproductive and non-transformative.


My interaction was dialectical. It transformed your reflection. It fused contradictions. We co-enquired together and used the logic of questions and answers and formulating the most suitable questions for understanding and transforming the given phenomena.


One sided

One party imposes on the other parties and alienates himself and herself in his/her zeal and imposition


No co-

No proper co-participation and co-engagement for the sake of a truly common/shared goa, objective and intention that is equally important and valuable to all parties with no power relations, and domination

engaging interaction of a true collaboration equal power sharing

shared goals

working together to co-construct shared values and follow up shared intentions

co-creation, collaboration, sharing, forming a third construct together synthesis poiesis


all sides/parties equally involved, clear and passionate about the common


quantitative statistical methods of analysis and tests

factor analysis



Statistical computer packages


Doing this again after a while

Administering questionnaires

Followed up semi-structured interviews

Have I qualitatively transformed my interaction?

Did my interaction become more dialogical and dialectical?




Comparing it to participants’ experiences in two years, a year. Was there change and qualitative transformation as a result of the method?

Have I learnt? What have I learnt?




I have improved


Null hypothesis


I have not improved and qualitatively transformed


T tests


Comparing the interactions over time to show [positive] change, improvement and qualitative transformation and learning to improve and qualitatively transform my interaction, life and wellbeing.




The qualitative describes the participants’ perceptions and experiences of the nature and quality of the interactions. It notes what the participants said in their own words and in details about the interaction we had.


It does not measure or quantify the interaction. But instead generates themes – common themes among the participants or different and contrasting types of interactions. 


What does dialogical, dialectical, engaging, enriching, transforming and imposing, onesided interaction mean? What is it?


Qualitative interaction is a transformative and enriching dialogue that leads to transformation of all parties and a synthesis and the co-creation of novelty (poiesis).


Time – it takes time and work (doing the method) to generate and internalise change and qualitative transformation.


The method and applying and doing it is what is leading to the qualitative


Experimental condition – following, applying and doing the applied dialectical method and its different component – manipulated variable


Controlled condition – not doing the method – the other variables are the same





Is my interaction a dialogue?

Is it a one-sided imposition on part on others?

Is it dialectical?

Semi-structured interviews, analysed discursively and phenomenologically, inculcated with Likert questionnaires, analysed by multi-variant statistical tests.




My interaction with my colleagues was dialogical and dialectical


There was qualitative transformation: doing the theorised applied dialectical method leads to qualitative transformation and improvement  




My interaction became more dialogical and dialectical than before as a result of my doing the applied dialectical method and its various components


Doing my applied dialectical method and its different components affected my qualitative transformation as a relational human being in, with and towards the world and led to my experiencing a greater wellbeing and self-satisfaction


The applied dialectical method qualitatively transforms participants’ lives – individuals and groups


Null hypothesis


My interaction was not dialogical or dialectical but impositional and non-transformative


Overall Null hypothesis


My applied dialectical method did not transform or improve my life, the way I interact with other people and did not lead to my interaction becoming more dialogical or dialectical


Doing my applied dialectical method had no significant effect on my qualitative

transformation. It did not qualitative transform and improve my life and social interactions


The applied dialectical method does not qualitatively transform participants’ lives – individuals and groups




Dialogical means enriching, participative and engaging


Dialectical means qualitatively transformative through enquiring, fusing of contradictions and dialogue


Independent variable



The causal variable

The variable on which one has data from which to make predictions

Manipulated by the researcher

Cause-effect relationships


Manipulating the interaction

My interaction with other people

The interaction

The transformation



Dependent Variables

Response, outcome or criterion-variables



The participants’ experience of our interaction – my interaction with them

The way in which participants experienced my interaction with me over two years – enriching, dialogical, impositional, imposing, alienating, one-sided, transformative.


I -1 (null hypothesis) is false then 1 (hypothesis) is true

The participants reported that I do not impose myself on them then I dialogue with them and qualitatively transform and enrich our lives

The statistical tests failed to prove significantly, beyond chance, or probability, that my interaction was imositional/imposing and one-sided. This makes it dialogical, qualitatively transforming and enriching to us all and our lives.


Failing to improve the null hypothesis that my interaction was impositional, imposing and one-sided means the hypothesis that my interaction was dialogical and dialectical was true.


Failing to prove it was dialectical and dialogical means it was one-sided, impositional and imposing



In multi-variant analysis there is no dependent and independent variables


Impositional/imposing relationship, domination imposing goals, zeal and passion, intentions, beliefs, theories, and values   power


Several variables and factors acting together simultaneously

Some may influence the outcome whereas others may just be confounders

Examining the interactions and relations between a large number of determinants and the response variable

Continuing relationships among several variables









Posted by Alon Serper on 05 May 2014 11:47:44

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