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Paula Dawidowicz

Core Faculty
Paula Dawidowicz

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy

Degree ProgramPh.D. Education

Dr. Paula Dawidowicz has been teaching with Walden since 2004. She has served as a Specialization Coordinator, and has been Research Coordinator since 2008. Prior to that she worked at The Florida Center for Reading Research, where she served as a Research Associate for two years conducting evaluations of different reading programs, parents’ participation in the reading programs, and other aspects of Florida reading activities.

Paula conducted her dissertation as a grounded histoethnography at Walden on cultural changes in one Educational environment as a result of religious diversification. She followed that with a second grounded histoethnography study of a school district and its special education program. She has conducted case studies, narratives, phenomenologies, correlation studies, historiographies, ethnographies, grounded theory studies, single subject studies, content analyses, quasi-experimental studies, and discourse analyses. She has used documents, observations, interviews, focus groups, surveys, questionnaires, journals, books, secondary data, and test scores.She has published numerous research report articles and methodology articles published and made numerous presentations on these topics, as well.

Paula has a broad area of interests because she looks at systemic connections. She has a Ph.D. in Education from Walden University, postdoc courses in Psychology, history, and Creative Writing and English, an M.S. in Health Services Administration with a focus on Business Administration from Central Michigan University, and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University with foci on the Middle East and political/military analysis. She is interested in sociological, psychological, and cultural aspects of education and how education can help address cultural issues. Her specific content focuses include logic, critical thinking, argumentation, and systemic thinking. Her methodological foci are qualitative methods and mixed methods, although she does work with quantitative, as well. She has numerous published articles and presentations on methodology and methodological processes and instruction. She is currently finalizing a book on a study she conducted, as well as conducting a study using a new qualitative methodology to compare its effectiveness to other methodologies.

Courses Taught

RSCH 8350 - Advanced Qualitative Reasoning

RSCH 8300 - Qualitative Reasoning

EDPD 8113 - Tools for Doctoral Research

EDPD 8114 - Demystifying Doctoral Writing


PhD, Walden University

MS, Central Michigan University - Mt. Pleasant, MI

BA, The George Washington University - Washington, DC

Public Service

American Mothers, Incorporated, Organizer - , MD

Virginia Homeschool Conference, Volunteer - Blacksburg, VA

Awards / Honors

Faculty Research Initiative Grant, Walden, 2011

Secretary, Systems Thinking in Education SIG, , 2009

Sigma Iota Epsilon Management Honor Fraternity, Central Michigan University, 1985

State Department Internship, The George Washington University, 1978

National Model United Nations Ambassador, University of Maine, 1977

University Paralegal, University of Maine, 1976


Dawidowicz, P. M. (2016). Grounded Ethnohistoriography: What, Where and, Especially, Why

Dawidowicz, P. M. (2017). Escaping the black hole of Calcutta unscathed: Planning for best completion of Chapter 2

Dawidowicz, P. M. (2017). Glintin' in the sun: Dramatic exploration as a research experience

Dawidowicz, P. M. (2016). Conceptualizing an aligned study problem, purpose, framework, & questions

Dawidowicz, P. M. (2010). Literature Reviews Made Easy: A Quick Guide to Success

Dawidowicz, P. M. (2011). With scholarship & practice in mind: The case study as research method The Journal of Applied Instructional Design

Dawidowicz, P. M. (2012). Reverse redesign model: Putting the play back into restructuring problematic study designs

Dawidowicz, P. M. (2003). Teaching Morality in Schools in Utah's Religion-based Society Journal of Moral Education

Dawidowicz, P. M. (2016). Teaching methodology essentials using nonsense activities


Dawidowicz, P. M. (2012). Grounded Ethnohistoriography ICQI

Dawidowicz, P. M. (2012). Systems, thought, time, & research

Dawidowicz, P. M. (2012). The Reverse Redesign Model

Dawidowicz, P. M. (2012). Dissertation literature reviews: Assessing doctoral development of objectivity, inclusivity, & currency

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