Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Section 5: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Within the context of the required reading, it is important that you gain an understanding of the ways in which qualitative and quantitative methods are similar and how they are different. It is also important that you look at the range of approaches in the context of your emerging research focus.

These two general methods and many of their specific approaches will be revisited in later courses.

Required Reading:

Please refer to each Activity for required readings within Activity Resources.

Assignment 6   Differences in Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

It is important to recognize the differences between qualitative and quantitative methods, and understand those differences well enough to make good decisions regarding what methods to use in your research. In all cases, the research methods and approaches chosen must be appropriate for meeting the underlying purpose of your research study.

Activity Resources

Leedy, P. D., & Ormrod, J. E. (2013): Chapters 4, 6, 8, and 9

Main Task: Develop Hypothetical Research Approaches

Based on your emerging prospective research topic, select from the array of research approaches presented in your text (and in any other sources you wish to consult – just be sure to cite them!)

Develop three hypothetical research approaches for the Problem Statement and the Purpose. For each approach, briefly describe how the approach would be applied to the Purpose. Finally compare and contrast the three approaches in terms of the advantages of each and disadvantages of each.

Continue to accumulate 2 to 4 annotations as part of each Activity.

Support your paper with 3-5 resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.

Length: 5-7 pages not including title and reference pages

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

Submit your document in the Course Work area below the Activity screen.

Learning Outcomes: 4, 7

Assignment Outcomes

Develop an annotated bibliography.

Compare and contrast Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies.

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