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Qualitative Research Methods

Qualitative research examines human behaviour and the reasons that govern such behaviour. It is employed in many different academic disciplines, such as social sciences, health sciences and market research. Qualitative research investigates the why and how of decision making, therefore small focused samples are more often used than large samples.

There are several different research designs used by qualitative researchers. These include ethnographic research, grounded theory, phenomenology and historical research. Ethnography is the study of a particular culture. Grounded theory is a type of research based on the observations from which it was developed. Phenomenology describes the subjective reality of an event from the perspective of the study population. Historical research helps answer questions from the past to better understand current issues and problems.

Qualitative research methods include interviews, case studies and focus groups. Interviews may be structured, semi-structured or unstructured. Focus groups involve a moderator facilitating a small group discussion between selected individuals on a specific topic. Researchers may also gather information through observation, field notes, reflexive journals and analysis of documents. 

Evaluating Research

Post a critique of the research study in which you: •Evaluate the research questions using the Research Questions and Hypotheses Checklist as a guide •Identify the type of qualitative research approach used and explain how the researchers implemented the design •Analyze alignment among the theoretical or conceptual fram

Critiquing Sampling Strategy and Sample Size in a Research

As a researcher in your field, you must be able to critically assess the chosen methods of sampling in other researchers' work. Therefore, this week's Discussion prompts you to practice this skill by evaluating the sampling strategy employed in a research article. Critiquing the choices of other researchers can bring awareness t

Setting SMART goals

1. In the space provided below, identify the purpose of the organization or health care department in which you are currently working. If you are not currently working, you may research the goal of a specific organization or department and use that. 2. Using the S.M.A.R.T approach, create a list of at least 3 goals for your d

Research: Where to Focus Your Attention

Which part (aside from the abstract) do you tend to focus most of your interest on when reading an academic article, and why? Which sections are most practitioners (therapists, clinicians, etc.) working in the field likely to read? Why? Is this any different from what scholars, researchers, or academics might read?

Qualitative Research Design Formulation

I need help in formulating a qualitative research design. My subject is on how black women have been affected by losing loved ones to inner city violence. I am leaned toward doing a phenomenological study but am not sure how to construct research questions. I also need help in identifying the weakness and strengths as it rela

Qualitative Research Methods

PNI is one of the most intriguing fields bridging the gap between allopathic and alternative medicines. • How does the PNI complex relate to the placebo effect? • How is the autonomic nervous system (ANS) comprised of the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches similar to the Asian concept of yin and yang? • What are

Critique of an Experiment

Using established guidelines, critique the data collection, analysis, and implications of a published quantitative study.

Selection Bias

The research question or purpose of the study guides decisions about the research sampling. How might researchers ensure that they select a sample relevant to the research without introducing a bias?

Differences between Experimental vs. Non-experimental Design

Research is typically experimental or non-experiment in design. It is important for the investigator to know the difference. Give an example of a question you would attempt to answer using experimental design and one using non-experimental design. Design two research questions. Write one for an experimental design, and one fo

Selecting appropriate and reliable information sources

Peer-reviewed articles are typically quite trustworthy. 1. If you had no idea of the source website and you were simply reading the research paper, how would your review of the content of the paper help you determine reliability? 2. What are the key ingredients of a reputable research paper? Cite sources if used.

Evidence Refuting Hypothesis Testing

1. Under what circumstances would it be useful to find evidence that refutes a hypothesis as to find evidence that supports it? Give an example. 2. Give an example of research that starts with the aim of finding evidence that refutes a hypothesis?

Determining Qualitative and Quantitative Research Questions

What other ways, both qualitative and quantitative, that you could research a question? How can you tell if a study is qualitative or quantitative? How are theory, research, and practice advanced by the combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches? Please have an in text citation and address each part of the question.

Sources of nursing research

The research problem can be developed from many sources. What is a source of nursing research? Identify a potential research study example from that source. I am looking at issues around patient safety and satisfaction, medication administration or something along those lines.