Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Wk4

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Workshop: Qualitative Research Workshop:

Write a response to the following prompts:

Present your research question as two or three versions, based on the different approaches you have explored that seem most appropriate to your research problem and purpose.

Make a case for why each approach would work.

Identify the approach you believe best fits your research question. Then, re-formulate the question based on the approach you selected.

Describe how the approach you selected will direct the procedures you will later develop.

Summarize your choice of theoretical framework for your prospectus. Justify how your choice aligns with your current choice of research question and approach. If they are not aligned, choose a more appropriate framework.

Given your choice of approach, describe what data collection tools will be most appropriate to consider. Note: This is not a commitment to use all of the tools you identify; rather, it is meant to be a reflection on what is possible given your choice of approach.


Assignment: Completed Matrix With Narrative

As you complete the work on your matrix, observe how the approaches are similar and different across and down the cells. You will need to draw on those observations as you develop your narrative this week. As you prepare to develop your narrative, it is also important to organize your references so that you can refer back to the original sources. For this Assignment, you will create a brief narrative summarizing what you have learned, citing your sources. This Assignment will be a helpful guide as you read other qualitative studies for your capstone.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Review the work that you have done in the last two weeks, making sure that each cell in the matrix is completed.

Create your reference list, including books and methodological articles on each area. You can use the ones listed in the Learning Resources and search for your own as well.

Write a 2- to 3-page narrative. In your narrative, be sure to respond to the following:

Summarize what you have learned about the similarities and differences among the approaches.

Describe how what you’ve learned by developing the matrix has allowed you to choose the approach that you plan to use for your research plan in this course.

Identify the approach you intend to use for your research question.

Describe your rationale for your choice of approach.

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School: UIUC


Running head: CXU_WK4_ASS


Narrative on Approaches’ Matrix

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All the approaches that were addressed in the qualitative research methods matrix share
one essential similarity. The similarity is that interviewing can be used in all methods as a way of
collecting primary data (Patton, 2014). Another similarity is that almost all the methods have
some roots in the philosophy discipline. Another crucial similarity between nearly all the
approaches is that the experiences of the participants are collected and analyzed to understand
their subjective views, beliefs, and opinions regarding things. The basic qualitative inquiry
approach and the phenomenology approach are especially keen on individual experiences.
Another fundamental similarity between all the approaches regards data analysis. All methods
involve the coding of qualitative data and organizing the codes into categories. The identification
of themes in data analysis is also part of almost all the discussed approaches.


The eight approaches discussed in the matrix differ in some respects. The basic
qualitative inquiry approach relies on interviews to collect data while the case study approach
relies on a variety of data collection tools like observations, interviews, documents of the case,
and archives (Patton, 2014; Baxter, & Jack, 2008). The grounded theory approach focuses on the
development of theories to explain phenomena while the other approaches do not focus very
much on the development of theories (Grand Canyon University, n.d.). The various approaches
differ also concerning the sampling issues. For example, in the basic qualitative approach
sampling method choice depends on the research question. In the grounded theory approach,
theoretical sampling is applied (Grand Canyon University, n.d.). The case study and
phenomenology approaches favor purposeful sampling as they are keen on gaining data from



rich sources (Baxter & Jack, 2008). The systems theory approach differs from all the other
approaches as it focuses mainly on the functioning of whole systems and their components and
the analysis process involves the evaluation of how a system functions, its subsystems and
boundaries (Luhmann, Baecker, & Gilgen, 2013).

Lessons Learned from Developing the Matrix

I have learned several critical lessons from developing the matrix. One lesson is that there
are many ways to approach qualitative research and that the way to follow depends on the
research question that one aims to pursue. Another l...

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