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Article Analysis: Philosophical Assumptions and Methods

Discussion on ontological, axiological, and epistemological assumptions the researchers made in this study and the rationale for the use of a qualitative design. If you were to consult the author about using a mixed-methods or blended methods, approach, what philosophical assumptions would be made and why? What additional and revised research would you recommend? What research methods and data-collection procedures would you use that reflect a mixed-methods approach? Analyze how a mixed-methods approach would contribute to the knowledge base in the area of victimization and violence.


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Hi there,

In this particular task, you are asking for help in putting together a discussion on the philosophical assumptions of a particular study side by side with a review of methods applicable. You can go simple or you can go extensive. I say submit a simple, concise study not only because its easier but because your professor will be looking for clarity. Essentially, this is an article review. I suggest using this outline:

1. Study overview - 100 words
2. Philosophical assumptions presented - 150 words
3. Assumptions for mixed methods - 100 words
4. Recommendations: revisions, methods, data collection - 150 words
5. Mixed Methods relevance in victimization and violence research - 100 words

This outline should yield around 600 words. I think for this type of discussion, that should cover it. Its like putting together a basic framework of ideas that you can expand in class discussion. You can use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

Study Review: Philosophical Assumptions & Methods
Study Overview
Author - Armour, M.P.
Title - Journey of Family Members of Homicide Victims: A Qualitative Study of Their Posthomicide Experience
Particulars - from the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Vol. 72, No. 3, 372-382
Year - 2002
Publisher - Educational Publishing Foundation

Armour's study explores the experience of families of homicide victims posthomicide. She interviewed 14 families for the purpose of studying their experience in depth so as to determine the impact the event had on their lives as well as to determine the role and shortcomings of the current system in support of of victims' families. She uses the social constructivist theory to put together a thick description of individual but hauntingly similar ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tacking the task (see above) on the topic of doing an article analysis, including review of philosophical assumptions. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.