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Out of all four major paradigms in research, I feel that the transformative research is what I feel the most comfortable with because I feel strongly about social justice (Harris, 2015).  The overall transformative research reminds me of Bronfenbrenner’s ecological system theory because it focuses on multiple lens including microsystem, mesosystem, exosystem, macrosystem, and chronosystem (Kraus, 2008). I will explain below how they parallel with each other.Everyone has their own feelings and they have their own journey in their lives.  It is critically important to respect cultural norms even if people’s point of view is different than mine.  I feel like this field helps me to have a better understanding of the full picture of life.  I feel the more we learn about ourselves and others, we become better people.  The reason for that is because we learn from each other about how we view different situations.   Let’s use puzzles as an example.  If I put down only one piece of a puzzle which is based on my knowledge, understanding, experiences, and cultures won’t help to see the full picture of the world.  As I meet more diverse people and develop respect for cultural norms, I add more pieces that connect to mine to make the picture clearer of the world.  This example happens to blend perfectly under axiological, ontology, epistemology, and methodology assumptions of the research paradigms for transformative research (Harris, 2015).  According to Harris, 2015, axiological assumptions support human rights and awareness of privilege in the society and supports social justice.   Like I mentioned, respecting the difference is important.Educating people to recognize diversity and consequences of privileges, in reality, are the ontological assumption (Harris, 2015).  We need to make sure there is no oppression based on socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender, age, and so forth (MediaSmarts, 2010). That would be like Ecosystem & Mesosystem from Bronfenbrenner’s ecological system theory because in these stages focus on culture, education, religion, workplace, economic system, political system, government system, and so forth (Kraus, 2008).   The methodology for transformative research is all about how the research is done based on qualitative and quantitative data on how an event, statement, or idea is set as well as historical factors that influence an event, statement or idea (Harris, 2015).  The methodology of the research is similar to the Macrosystem and Chronosystem from Bronfenbrenner’s ecological system because they focus on overarching beliefs and values and dimension of time (Kraus, 2008).  ReferencesForms of Privilege | MediaSmarts (2010). Retrieved from Harris, R. (2015). An introduction to research. In R. Harris & F. Williams (Eds.), Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology, ASL Version (23:28 m.). Austin, TX: ASLChoice.Kraus, K. L. (2008). Lenses: Applying lifespan development theories in counseling. Cengage Learning.

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