U5a1-68 – the research overview – please read material and follow

Unit 5 Assignment 1 – Research Overview

Note: You are required to complete the unit discussion before this assignment.

After receiving feedback from your fellow learners in the discussion in this unit, complete Sections 2 and Subsections 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3 of the Qualitative Research Plan Template, which includes: 

A brief summary of your review of the research literature on the topic.

The primary research question.

The purpose of the study.

An overview of the basic research methodology and the research model.

The title for the study.

A detailed description of each step to be taken from the beginning of recruitment to consent from the participants to participate.

A description of where and how date will be collected and the exact procedures that will be used to collect the data.

A description of the interview method to be used and how interviews will be conducted.

A list of guiding interview questions.

You will continue to fill out the Qualitative Research Plan Template as you progress through the course. Be sure to follow current APA guidelines while filling out the template.

Research Overview Scoring Guide.

Forms the title exceptionally well in a manner that states it eloquently and aligns it fully with the research question; reflects the key variables or constructs to be studied; reflects the method to be employed in the research; and is concise (12 words or less).

Names and correctly selects for the research problem and question, and the selection is logical and well-supported.

States the purpose of the study skillfully, integrating the language of the specific study, topic, research problem, and research question, and provides clarity and continuity to the research plan.

Articulates clearly a summary of the review of the research literature on the topic that is highly sophisticated and organized, demonstrated by statements about the body of existing literature on the topic, summaries of recent research findings on the topic, and the highlighting of findings providing compelling and accurate evidence that convinces the reader to agree with the supporting argument in the

presentation of the background and with how the proposed research will make a significant contribution to the existing literature on the topic.

Forms exceptional research questions that align with the research problem, research topic, and title; identifies separate research questions or sub-questions for each intended analysis; ensures the research questions can be answered by the data derived from the intended analysis; and there are no errors in APA-compliant, grammar, usage, or spelling.

Describes data collection methods in detail that are appropriate to the design, will provide the data necessary to answer the research question, and are supported by appropriate references.

Provides details of the recruitment sites and recruitment permission processes from the potential sites, and includes permissions from the sites in writing.

Describes all of the means by which recruitment will occur, and describes the content of each of the recruitment strategies.

Describes the interview methods to be used and how interviews will be conducted, and supports chosen methods with appropriate literature.

Creates interview questions that are relevant to the research question and are free from leading or biased language, and ensures that questions exemplify the skills of a qualitative researcher.

Writes each item in a manner that is sufficiently scholarly in tone and contains no editorial or mechanical (grammar, usage, typographical, et cetera) errors.


To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

1. Identify the key characteristics, purposes, strengths, and limitations of qualitative research designs.

2. Analyze qualitative research design methods and methodologies.

3. Describe a detailed research methodology designed to support a specific research question.

Qualitative Research Proposal Transcript

Read Qualitative Research Proposal. This illustration appears throughout the course to help guide you as you develop the various components of your course project. Boxcars will continue to be added to the train as you progress through the course. Each boxcar provides information regarding the development of individual components of a research proposal.


Use your Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods text to review pages 85–120 of Chapter 3, “Variety in Qualitative Inquiry Frameworks: Paradigmatic, Philosophical, and Theoretical Orientations.”

Use your Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design text to complete the following:

Read Chapter 5, “Five Different Qualitative Studies,” pages 111–126. Focus on the following subsections:

“An Ethnographic Study.”

“A Case Study.”

Review Chapter 4, “Five Qualitative Approaches to Inquiry,” pages 65–110. Focus on the following subsections:

“Phenomenological Research.”

“Grounded Theory Research.”

“Ethnographic Research.”

“Case Study Research.”

Read Chapter 7, “Data Collection,” pages 147–180. Focus on data collection techniques.

Read and Review Percy, Kostere, and Kostere’s 2015 article, “Generic Qualitative Research in Psychology,” from The Qualitative Report, volume 20, issue 2, pages 76–85.

Unit 5 – Methodology and Data – INTRODUCTION

As you read the literature, you will find various terminologies used to describe qualitative design, including qualitative methodologies and qualitative approaches.

Once you have developed a research question, the next step is to apply an appropriate qualitative research methodology (that is, ethnography, case study, grounded theory, generic qualitative inquiry, or phenomenology) to the research question. When choosing a research methodology, it is essential that the  researcher chooses a methodology that matches the research question. Each methodology is designed to answer a certain type of question, and this match between question and methodology will lead the researcher to the development of methods of data collection and analysis that are consistent within the research methodology and throughout the study.

There are a number of ways to collect data from qualitative study participants. The types of data collected and used vary greatly from study to study. However, in the types of data collected, there is an emphasis on the understanding of human experience. It is essential when collecting data using open-ended interviews, open-ended questions, and open-ended questionnaires to not lead the participant, and for researcher bias to not interfere with the data collected.

Types of Data – Following is a list of a variety of data types:

Field work.                               Participant observation.

Direct observation.                Naturalistic observation.

Purposeful sampling.                Interviewing.

Open-ended questions.                Guiding questions.

Open-ended questionnaire.                Focus groups.

Journaling.                                              Literature, poetry, and biography.

Personal documents.                Historical documents.

Photos, video, and film.


Patton, M. Q. (2015). Qualitative research & evaluation methods (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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