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Part 1: IntroductionSocial change can be defined broadly in literature to any alteration which is significant over a period of time in patterns of behavior and norms and values of culture (Cliffs Notes, 2017). Social change can be realized via research, opportunities and service in education, however, significance change is not an important element of social change (Yob & Brewer, n.d.). While some changes such as slavery abolition, the feminist movement, and even the movements for civil rights were significant changes, social change can be placed on a smaller scale and comprise of changes in societal institutions, nature, and social behaviors. While social change can have varying meanings across different disciplines, according to Yob & Brewer (n.d) it is essential to have in mind that social change can either be an actionor a result, process or a product, verb or noun.In this globalization world and ever increment in diversity, social change is said to range from equity issues, basis of race, poverty and gender to more subtle expressions and meanings (Yob & Brewer, n.d.). It has come to our understanding as scholar practitioners that there are endless social issues in this globe which need to be dealt with through positive social change. There are a lot of many wrongs which need to be rectified, far too many processes, actions and results, and products which need services of the public for them to change (Yob & Brewer, n.d.). It is the objective of Walden University and the students to become agents of social change for this transformation to be
achieved, contribution to the common good and creation of positive social change. Applicable programs of research which are geared at social change typically encompass implicit or assumed issue identification (McLoughlin & Young, 2015). It is important for us as researchers to comprehend the societies or areas were are working with to fulfill our objective of realizing positive social change. The world is coupled with many problems; social change allows us as researchers to address these issues via systematic approach in which we aim at improving the well-being of humans, social rapport, and social institutions which create compatible, sustainable, equitable outcomes (UNRISD, 2011).While Walden University objective is to create scholarly agents of social change by developing students to better address practical issues at personallevel and within their firms and societies, every student has varying definition of social change; this research’s objective is to address this issue (Walden University, 2017).The primary purpose of this research project is to better comprehend the ideas and feelings that every student has regarding to this research question: What is the meaning of social change for Walden graduate students?
Part 2: Role of the ResearcherThe role of a researcher is qualitative research is not the same with quantitative studies, since the research is considered as one of the instruments of collecting data (Denzin & Lincoln, 2003). There is mediation