Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Workplace Spirituality in Urban Agriculture: A Generic Qualitative Inquiry
by Rajlal, Christina M., Psy.D., Capella University, 2019, 170; 13895823
Abstract (Summary)

Spirituality can be an important factor in any person's life, but equally as important is workplace spirituality. Previous literature has not explored how personnel of urban agricultural settings may experience workplace spirituality. An urban setting is a metropolitan area. The research topic was spirituality in urban agriculture organizations. The research question was: How do personnel of urban agricultural settings experience spirituality in the workplace? Generic qualitative inquiry methodology was appropriate for this research because it looks at the personal accounts and lived experiences of people. The intended purpose of this research was to get a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of personnel of urban agricultural settings and how they experience workplace spirituality. Furthermore, thematic analysis was used, focusing on the inductive analysis approach. This process allowed the researcher to synthesize data collected to construe implications in reference to the research question. This approach targeted 10 adult personnel from urban agricultural settings within a Western U.S. city. During the semi-structured interview process, 10 guided questions were asked to each participant. Through thematic, inductive analysis, the researcher was able to uncover evident similarities and themes within the participant interviews. Using cross-comparison of the interviews, 16 recurring themes were identified within the research. The participants expressed that they unanimously and positively felt the garden is a place for self-reflection. They all also felt it was a place to find general connectedness, connection to the natural world, and connection with family. All participants also noted an overwhelming sense of peace while working in the garden workplace setting. Two negative areas were also noted as themes within the research: loss of spirituality and barriers in reaching spirituality. These two negative themes were voiced by all 10 study participants.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fremont, Paula, Schiffbauer, Lon
Commitee: Vail, Thomas, Wallis, Steven
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Agriculture, Psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Community gardens, Connectedness, Generic qualitative inquiry, Peacefulness, Urban agriculture, Workplace spirituality
Publication Number: 13895823
ISBN: 978-1-392-29062-0
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