The essence of a thing … is that without which the thing could neither be, nor be conceived to be. — J. S. Mill
Quantitative research does well to build on clear understandings of concepts, terms, and constructs before focusing on models and methods. This may be especially important in considering the rich constructs inherent to Catholic social teaching principles: the common good, human dignity, solidarity, subsidiarity.
We held focus groups at our partner universities to garner insights into students’ diverse experiences and understandings of CST and faith in action.