Critique of qualitative research study.

Posted: August 7th, 2013


The methodology and analysis sections of a research proposal are considered to be two of the most important. In this task you will use the knowledge and skills you have learned to evaluate the methodology and data analysis sections of an existing research study.


Select one of the three attached research studies and evaluate the methodology choice and data analysis used by the researchers by doing the following:

A. Discuss the methodology used for the study.

1. Discuss whether this research methodology was appropriate for the study.

B. Describe the data analysis section of the research study. Include the following in your description:

• The data collection methods

• The instruments used for data collection

• The data collected

1. Discuss whether the data collection strategies and process was reliable.

C. Describe the techniques used to analyze the collected data (e.g., statistical techniques, computer analysis programs).

1. Evaluate whether the data analysis techniques were appropriate.

2. Evaluate how the researchers interpreted the results of the analysis to assist in answering their research questions.

D. If you use sources, include all in-text citations and references in APA format.
Note: Please save word-processing documents as *.rtf (Rich Text Format) or *.pdf (Portable Document Format) files.

Note: When bulleted points are present in the task prompt, the level of detail or support called for in the rubric refers to those bulleted points.

Note: For definitions of terms commonly used in the rubric, see the Rubric Terms web link included in the Evaluation Procedures section.

Note: When using sources to support ideas and elements in a paper or project, the submission MUST include APA formatted in-text citations with a corresponding reference list for any direct quotes or paraphrasing. It is not necessary to list sources that were consulted if they have not been quoted or paraphrased in the text of the paper or project.

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Handout web link included in the General Instructions section.


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