Qualitative research can also be emerging in nature—there are many tools and techniques available to shape this approach to research, some dependent on circumstances, but like a sculpture, the varied tools and techniques needed to reveal the best approach for realizing the finished product require thoughtful consideration.
This week, you will continue to expand your understanding of a research framework in the context of qualitative research by analyzing and evaluating research questions in qualitative studies. You will also continue to analyze the interrelated elements of a research study making the connection among theory, problem, purpose and, now, qualitative research questions and design.

Learning Objectives
Students will:
Evaluate qualitative research questions in research studies published in peer-reviewed journals
Identify qualitative approaches in research studies published in peer-reviewed journals and explain how the researchers implemented the approach
Explain use of qualitative designs in research studies published in peer-reviewed journals
Analyze alignment among theory, problem, purpose, research questions, and design in qualitative research studies published in peer-reviewed journal articles
Apply APA Style to writing

Discussion: Evaluating Research Questions and Qualitative Research Designs

Just as in quantitative research, when researchers set out to design a qualitative research study, they are guided by its purpose, and their research questions align with their selected approach and the data that will be collected.

As you learned in previous weeks, alignment means that a research study possesses clear and logical connections among all of its various components. In addition to considering alignment, qualitative researchers must also consider the ethical implications of their design choice, including, for example, what their choice means for participant recruitment, procedures, and privacy.

For this Discussion, you will evaluate qualitative research questions in assigned journal articles in your discipline and consider the alignment of theory, problem, purpose, research questions, and design. You will also identify the type of qualitative research design the authors used and explain how it was implemented.

Learning Resources and Required Readings

Babbie, E. (2017). Basics of social research (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Chapter 10, “Qualitative Field Research”

http://streaming.waldenu.edu/hdp/researchtutorials/qualitative/index.html

Using Sub-topics, Post a critique of the research study in which you:

Also using the attached Research Questions and Hypotheses Checklist, answer the following below:

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 framework, problem, purpose, research questions, and design

Be sure to support your Main Issue Post and Response Post with reference to the week’s Learning Resources and other scholarly evidence in APA Style.

 

Evaluating Research Questions and Qualitative Research Designs