Khadiala Khamasi


A research process can be quite daunting especially for a novice researcher.  This paper documents my initial entry into the world of graduate research as novice qualitative researcher.  It demonstrates the disparity between what i expected and what i actually experienced.  It highlights my personal journey as a researcher and the challenges faced as well as the lessons learned.  The paper is therefore informed by both my personal experience as well as literature.  It is my desire that by sharing these experiences, other researchers will be encouraged to not only document their personal experiences, but that other novice researchers will learn from the experiences as they chart their personal research journeys. 


Keywords: Social networks, qualitative research, novice researcher, medication sharing, Somali Community, prescription medication


Contact details:  Khadiala Khamasi, MSc student, School of Public Health, Moi University. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


To cite this article: Khamasi Khadiala, Research Experience versus Research Theory:  The Journey of a Novice Qualitative Researcher, Journal of African Studies in Educational Management and Leadership, Vol. 6, pp. 69-83, 2015



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