The purpose of qualitative research study is to describe, interpret, verify, and evaluate (Plano Clark & Creswell, 2015).



Section Introduction:
The purpose of qualitative research study is to describe, interpret, verify, and evaluate (Plano Clark & Creswell, 2015). Qualitative research differs from quantitative research in that the focus is on defining and describing rather than examining relationships and testing theories.  Qualitative research is multi-method in focus, involving an interpretive, naturalistic approach to understanding a phenomenon. This means that qualitative researchers study things in their natural settings, attempting to make sense of or interpret phenomena in terms of the meanings people bring to them (Plano Clark & Creswell, 2015). Qualitative researchers use logic to evaluate the quality, meaning, context, or perceptions of reality. Qualitative researchers use a variety of methods to gather and analyze data including case studies, personal experiences, interviews, observations, historical analysis, ethnographic evaluations, and grounded theory creation.
Qualitative Research Analysis
When a qualitative study is conducted, these are critical components of the inquiry process:

  1. The researcher must pay careful consideration to context and meaning
  2. Research should be conducted in naturally occurring settings
  3. The human is the instrument and source of data
  4. Descriptive data are gathered
  5. An inductive analysis must be conducted
Based on these considerations, the researcher must process and analyze qualitative data differently than he or she would for quantitative data. Typically, data are coded and organized to understand the phenomena under study. While many researchers analyze and process data by hand, there are software programs that can be used to assist with qualitative analysis.
Plano Clark, V. L., & Creswell, J. W. (2015). Understanding research: A consumer’s guide (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Read Chapter 9 Qualitative Methods Statement in Research Design by John W. Creswell. Read 1.01 to 1.06 Types of Articles in the APA Manual.

Assignment 6

Now it is time to shift methodological lenses. You will now consider the research problem you identified in activity 1 using a qualitative lens. For this assignment, you should locate five qualitative research studies and create an annotated bibliography. Include the following information in your annotation for each source:

  1. Begin with an APA style-formatted reference of the source followed by a block paragraph containing the following:
  1. Identify the research question(s)
  2. Identify the qualitative research design and the data collection instrument(s) used (Examples of instruments might include interviews, questionnaires, observations, etc.)
  3. Describe the population and note the specific number of participants 
  4. Summarize the findings of the research study

Submit paper of your discussion using points of emphasis above. 3-5 pages. Be sure to use APA formatting with a title and reference page.

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