Qualitative Methodology

Assignment 2: Qualitative Methodology

Your research question may or may not be appropriately answered using Qualitative Research methodology. In this assignment you will apply what you have learned about qualitative methodology from the readings and the Assignment 1 discussion to your own research question. If your research question is best answered using Qualitative methodology, stick with it and complete the critique below. If not, how might you alter your question so that it may be answered using qualitative methodology? Although research is driven by questions, for this assignment we are going to turn it around so we may explore the benefits and differences of various types of methodologies. Adjust your question to fit a qualitative design and complete the critique below.

For instance, if you are asking the question “What are the most effective interactions students have with faculty mentors?” which is best investigated using quantitative methodology, you can ask a similar question “What are the perceptions of students regarding their experiences with faculty mentors” that would be answered best using qualitative methodology including unstructured interviews.

By the due date assigned, complete the following research critique for the Qualitative research you propose.

  1. Research Topic:
  2. Purpose of the Study:
  3. Overarching Research Question:
  4. Specific Research Questions/ Hypotheses:
  5. Type of Study: Qualitative
  • Qualitative Research method design: (case study, ethnography, phenomenology, document reviews, etc.)
  • Procedure/Paradigms: (How was the data collected? What was the sampling strategy used?)
  • Variables/Concepts: (What will you examine in this research?)
  • Rigor: (How will rigor be assured? Discuss credibility, dependability, transferability and confirmability as appropriate.)
  • Data collection/ analysis: (Discuss data collection, analysis and saturation.)
  • Consent: (What type of consent, if any, will be obtained from the participants?)
  • If your topic was not originally best suited for a qualitative design: What did you need to change to adjust your research to fit a qualitative design? How does this design address your overarching topic differently? Discuss the differences in the type of information you would gain by using this research design.



The purpose of this ______ (experiment t? Survey?) study is (was? Will be?) to test the theory of _____ that_____(compares? Relates?) the _____(independent variables) to _____ (dependent variable), con trolling for _____ (control variables) for _____

( participants) at ______(the research site). The independent variable(s)_______will be defined as ______(provide a definition). The dependent variable(s) will be defined as ____(provide a definition), and the control and intervening variable(s),______(identify the control and intervening variables) will be defined as _____ (provide a definition).


You should include step by step methods used to conduct your study.


Revisit the identification of your IV

Revisit the identification of your DV

Instrument Analysis

The reliability and validity should be more geared toward your study. The specifics for your study and how you will ensure reliability and validity in your study

When discussing validity you should talk about internal and external validity i.e. places, time and people

Construct validity means establishing correct operational measures for the concepts being studied. It is ensured through: the use of multiple sources of evidence, the establishment of a chain of evidence, abd letting key informants review draft results reports.

External validity means establishing the domain to which a study’s findings can be generalized. It is ensured using replication logic.

Reliability is the extent to which the research instrument yields the same or similar outcomes on repeated usage occasions. Measured by Split-half reliability coefficient or Chronbach’s Alpha Coefficient

Data analysis: (Identify the statistical software, used in analysis of the data and the type of analyses included.)


In acquiring consent you will need to provide each participant with an identification of the researcher, sponsoring institution, purpose of the study, benefits of participating, type of participant involvement, confidentiality guarantee, assurance of participant opportunity to withdraw, and who to contact if there are any questions.

All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Included research critique information including: research topic, purpose, overarching research question, and specific research questions.


Identified the qualitative research design. If appropriate, discuss ed design changes made to fit Qualitative methodology.


Discussed the procedure/paradigm.


Identified the Variables/Concepts.


Discussed the rigour of the study.


Discussed data collection/analysis/saturation.


Discussed consent.


Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Justified ideas and responses by using appropriate examples and references from texts, Web sites, and other references or personal experience. Followed APA rules for attributing sources.




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