Discussion 1: Qualitative Research: Making It Real As you make your way through the readings and resources for this week’s Discussion, you begin to realize that social and political forces, as well as scientific curiosity, shaped the development of modern qualitative research. These readings also make it clear that qualitative research is not a single, homogenous endeavor. Rather, qualitative researchers: come from a variety of disciplines, engage their objects of study from multiple perspectives, present their results in numerous formats, extend scientific knowledge beyond the confines of the experiment or survey, engage the audience to be self-reflective, and potentially illuminate opportunities for social change. This week’s course of study provides you with a contextual understanding of qualitative research, which will form the foundation for understanding the methods and rationale. These will also help you begin a thoughtful process for considering the choice of qualitative research as your methodology for your doctoral research. For this Discussion, you will explore the foundations and history of qualitative research methods.