Sharon Warren Cook Qualitative Research as an Empowerment Tool
Data were gathered through individual interviews, participant observations, archival documents, and the researcher’s field notes. An instrumental case study methodology was used to collect data. The purpose of the study chronicled in this book was to amplify the voices of participants and their understanding of the empowerment process as experienced in a grassroots community-based agency. Implications for research, education, and practice are included. The results of the study indicated that the four main themes related to empowerment were spiritual focus, self-transformation, skills acquisition, and values clarification.