There is a link between understanding the purpose of one’s
research and selecting the appropriate methods to investigate the
questions that are derived from that purpose.
–(Newman, Ridenour, Newman, & DeMarco, G. M. P., Jr., 2003, p. 169)
For this Discussion, you will evaluate the purpose statements in
assigned journal articles in your discipline and consider the alignment
of theory, problem, and purpose. You will also explain your position on
the relationship between research and social change.
Alignment means that a research study possesses clear and logical
connections among all of its various components. To achieve these
connections, researchers must carefully craft the components of their
study such that when they are viewed together, there is a coherent
As you read the authors’ purpose statements, consider how well the
intent of the study, and its connection to the problem and theoretical
framework, is presented. Also consider if the purpose statement reveals
the study’s potential for engendering positive social change.
As you know, social change is a distinguishing feature of Walden
University’s mission. Positive social change implies a transformation
that results in positive outcomes. This can happen at many levels (e.g.,
individual, family systems, neighborhoods, organizations, nationally
and globally); and positive social change can occur at different rates:
slow and gradual or fast and radical.
With these thoughts in mind, refer to the Journal Articles handout for your assigned articles for this Discussion. You will switch your journal article assignment from Week 3. If
your last name starts with A through L, use Article B. If your last
name starts with M through Z, use Article A. Follow the prompt below for
Professional doctorate (EdD) students
Post by Day 4 a critique of the research study in which you:
- Evaluate the purpose statement using the Purpose Statement Checklist as a guide
- Analyze alignment among the theory, problem, and purpose
- Explain your position on the relationship between research and social change
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.
Read a selection of your classmates’ postings.
Respond by Day 6 to a classmate who was assigned a
different article than you by further supporting his or her critique or
respectfully offering a differing perspective.
If your last name
starts with A through L, use Article B.
Ibarra, P. R., Gur, O. M.,
& Erez, E. (2014). Surveillance as casework: Supervising domestic violence
defendants with GPS technology.Crime,
Law and Social Change,62(4),