Radicalization of Fringe Groups & Social Psychology

Radicalization of Fringe Groups & Social Psychology

Radicalization of Fringe Groups & Social Psychology

Discussion 2: What Would You Like to Explore?

Is there a topic or idea that has been on your mind that you are thinking about for your dissertation or doctoral study? Is there a problem in your work or social sphere that you feel compelled to understand and act upon? Have you read a story or viewed a documentary and thought “I could do something like that”?

These are just a few of the ways Walden students become inspired to choose what they would like to study for their dissertation or doctoral study.


Once you have watched this week’s Scholar of Change video, you have the opportunity to reflect on how that student merged their academic studies with their passion for making a difference. In this Discussion, you have an opportunity to start that journey, to consider a topic you would like to explore.

For this Discussion, you will explore topics in your discipline of interest to you that you want to research using a qualitative approach.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the Learning Resources related to qualitative research.
  • Consider a topic in your discipline that is of interest to you. This could come from a prior course or something from your work or personal setting for which you have a passion.


Based on your initial understanding of qualitative research, post a description of the topic you chose in terms of how it could be conceptualized as a qualitative study. Include:

  1. What is the phenomenon of interest?
  2. What experiences or contextual issues might influence how this phenomenon could be studied?
  3. In what setting(s) could a topic like this be explored?
  4. What connection do you have to this topic, and why do you think it is important to explore this as a qualitative study?
  5. What possibilities could the results of this research have for social change?

Be sure to support your main post and response post with reference to the week’s Learning Resources and other scholarly evidence in APA style.


Respond to one of your colleagues’ posts and provide additional insight as to what other opportunities your colleague might want to explore further in their research.

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Then, repost under your first post your reflections on your choice of topic. Would you like to adjust, re-direct, or start over?





Week 1

In this course a variety of Learning Resources are utilized. These include Required Library Readings, Required Readings, and Required Media, in addition to Optional Resources. The media resources are included to provide an alternate approach to learning and understanding concepts. However, these are not acceptable as references and citations when developing responses to discussions and written assignments in the course. It is expected that the Required Library Readings and Required Readings will be the primary source of citations and references for all discussion and written assignment submissions. The Optional Resources are included as key historical and contextual sources that, at a minimum, should be reviewed and saved for future use.

Required Library Readings

Allen, N. J., & Meyer, J. P. (1990). The measurements and antecedents of affective, continuance, and normative commitment to the organization. Journal of Occupational Psychology, 63, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.2044-8325.1990.tb00506.x


Campbell, J. P. (2013). Assessment in industrial and organizational psychology: An overview. In K. F. Geisinger, B. A. Bracken, J. F. Carlson, J. C. Hansen, N. R. Kuncel, S. P. Reise, & M.C. Rodriguez (Eds.), APA handbook of testing and assessment in psychology, Vol. 1: Test theory and testing and assessment in industrial and organizational psychology (pp. 355–395). American Psychological Association. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1037/14047-022


Spreitzer, G. M. (1995). Psychological empowerment in the workplace: Dimensions, measurement, and validation. Academy of Management Journal, 38(5), 1442–1465. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.2307/256865


Vinchur, A. J., & Koppes, L. L. (2011). A historical survey of research and practice in industrial and organizational psychology. In S. Zedeck (Ed.), APA handbook of industrial and organizational psychology, Vol 1: Building and developing the organization (pp. 3–36). American Psychological Association. https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1037/12169-001


Watson, D., Clark, L. A., & Tellegen, A. (1988). Development and validation of brief measures of positive and negative affect: The PANAS scales. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 54(6), 1063–1070. https://doi.org/10.1037//0022-3514.54.6.1063


Required Readings

American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, & National Council on Measurement in Education. (2014). Test design and development. In Standards for educational and psychological testing (pp. 7594). American Educational Research Association.


Required Media

Walden University (Producer). (2010). Historical foundations timeline [Interactive media]. Walden University Blackboard. http://mym.cdn.laureate-media.com/2dett4d/Walden/PSYC/8551/01/mm/timeline/index.html

Transcript: Historical Foundations Timeline (PDF)

Chumney, F. (2016, August 11). Surveys, instruments, questionnaires [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhFLr9i2uw0