Tools to expand knowledge
By: Jindriska Mayorga Polanco
The PhD in Intercultural Studies of the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast (URACCAN), continues its training process, with the development of the module "Quantitative Paradigm", which aims to strengthen the research knowledge of doctors and is facilitated by Ph.D Moisés Medina.
Medina, commented that students are receiving the second part of quantitative research, with the aim of providing them with necessary tools to be able to carry out quantitative research, so, the module is structured in 4 topics, the first has to do with the sample calculation, the second is about the collection of information in quantitative research , the third on data processing and finally on delivering results.
In addition, Medina added that "most of them already had prior knowledge for the module, however, many of the tools have served to further expand knowledge, not only to carry out their doctoral thesis, but also to be able to conduct research and serve as a jury in thesis," he said.
Impressions about the process
Livio Palechor Arévalo, of the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) in Colombia and student of this training program, commented on the importance of the quantitative paradigm, arguing that the role he plays in the university is aimed at serving as director and jury of thesis, therefore this has allowed him to delve into these specific activities.
"We as indigenous, community and intercultural universities are proposing a new paradigm of Research that has to do with all the processes of knowledge building from indigenous peoples, known as CCRISAC, resembles qualitative, but it is not the same, as long as it can be consolidated as the third paradigm we continue to work with those at hand," Palechor emphasized.
Similarly, the Msc. Alvaro Taisigs, a student of the New Guinea precinct, indicated that there are studies that have a combination of paradigms such as qualitative and quantitative, "that is why it is necessary to master the two paradigms, dominate them, in order to make an interpretation analysis as appropriate as possible to what the information collected actually refers to," he said.
In addition, he added that most PhD students already have advanced the thesis profile and are preparing for the month of October to make the presentation to the commission, where the topics will be approved and will provide the respective recommendations.
URACCAN, 25 years after foundation and continuing to weaving interculturality with peoples, manages to advance in the construction of one of his dreams, such as the Doctorate in Intercultural Studies, typical of URACCAN and typical of the knowledge and making of our indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and half-breeds of the Caribbean Coast and Abya Yala.
Photos: José Garth Medina