Abbreviated Research Plans
Last week, you began
to develop an abbreviated quantitative research plan, determining that a survey
or experimental design best suited your research problem, questions, and
hypotheses. Now, suppose that your role as researcher is crucial to answering
the research question—it turns out that a qualitative approach fits best.
This Week: Submit
Draft of an Abbreviated Qualitative Research Plan
You will apply qualitative research methods this week when
you develop a qualitative research plan that seeks to answer your research
problem and research question.
To prepare for this Application, first focus on the
Review Chapter 9 in the course text, Research Design, the
"Trustworthiness" handout, and "Qualitative Methods:
Examples" from the Course DVD Research Theory, Design, and Methods.
Consult Table 9.1 (p. 174) in the course text, Research
Methods to guide you in polishing your abbreviated qualitative research plan.
Draft an introduction for your abbreviated research plan.
Next, ask yourself the following questions:
What are your research questions? To what extent can you
test them? How would you justify the viability of your questions?
Why would this design be the most appropriate for answering
the research questions? Conversely, why would quantitative and mixed methods
not be appropriate?
What approach would you select for this study (ethnography,
grounded theory, case study, phenomenology, narrative)? Why is this approach
the most appropriate one for answering the research questions?
What theoretical framework or perspective would you use?
What would be your role as the researcher?
What is your target population? How would you identify and
recruit participants? What factors would contribute to determining appropriate
sample size? You will not need to calculate sample size for this assignment.
If appropriate for your plan, what instruments might you
What data collection procedures might you use? Why would
those be the most appropriate methods to use? How would that data help to
answer your research question(s)?
How would you ensure quality and reliability of data?
What are threats to validity? How might you mitigate them?
How might you analyze the data?
What are the ethical considerations related to the plan?
In this Week 9, you
will develop an abbreviated qualitative research plan and submit the draft for
Craft a 2- to 3-page
paper in which you:
Provide an introduction.
Provide a purpose statement.
Provide viable research questions.
Generate a written research plan that addresses the above
Over each successive week, you will focus on a specific
approach culminating in a refined document:
We are using the same
Stress Management as last week’s assignment.
Stress pervades many areas of
life. Whether it is stress from relationships, work, school, or the social
environment, research has shown that it can have a profound impact on mental
health, physical well-being, productivity, performance, and decision making. Research
on cognitive appraisals, coping, and social support has also provided insight
into how people view and manage stress.