Donald Collins

Dr. Donald R. Collins (Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University) is Professor of educational leadership and counseling in the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). He has published in the areas of qualitative research, higher education accreditation, assessment, and multicultural education, and is the author of Conducting Multi-Generational Qualitative Research in Education: An Experiment in Grounded Theory. As an educational consultant, Dr. Collins has worked with 56 school districts in the Houston area. He is a member of multiple professional organizations and associations.

Books by Donald Collins:

Reflecting on Autoethnographic and Phenomenological Experiences: A Caregiver’s Journey is a unique critical qualitative inquiry study that uses the author’s experience as a caregiver to his wife suffering from dementia as the basis of a critical autoethnography. It explores components of positive caregiving that may be not only melancholic and empirical, but also emotionally painful. The book employs multiple approaches that include critical narrative, phenomenology, autoethnography and experiential writing. Through a phenomenological lens of an insider that includes self- and other-hood, marriage, career, fatherhood, suicide, despair, triple grief, loss, caregiving, cooking, housekeeping, advocating mind reading, and encouraging, a narrative illustrating self-reflection on particular experiences is constructed. These culminating experiences result in first-hand and didactical understandings by the caregiver. Individual, personal, and subjective interpretation of relational happenings are explored. Reflective journaling and observations of the seasons of marital life seek to understand if and how shared experiences transcend multiple contexts and help the reader understand experiences of dementia. Reflecting on Autoethnographic and Phenomenological Experiences: A Caregiver’s Journey is a volume that will be invaluable to qualitative inquiry researchers, autoethnographers, and those readers interested in the research of caregiving.
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