Introduction to Research Methodologies Case

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First, read the information on this site. Then, discuss in 2-3 pages (not including the cover sheet and bibliography) the following items:

Shuttleworth, Martyn Different Research Methods Retrieved September 21, 2015

Case Assignment

  1. Describe the “research process”. What are the steps involved with conducting research?
  2. Define the concepts of quantitative research, qualitative research, mixed methods, and action research; discuss the strengths of each of these types of research.
  3. Select 2 research methodologies (i.e., one quantitative approach, one qualitative approach, and/or one combined strategy) from the list below and provide an example of how each could be used for a study relevant to your area of interest in education or training:

Quantitative Methods: experimental, correlational, survey research

Qualitative Methods: grounded theory, ethnography, case study, narrative research

Combined Qualitative and Quantitative Methods: mixed methods, action research

Assignment Expectations

To receive maximum credit, you must demonstrate understanding of context and purpose of the assignment by bringing all required elements (described above) to the discussion, and meeting additional expectations (described below).

Include at least three in-text references, preferably including one which is other than those provided in the assigned readings. Feel free to do additional research as necessary.

As Master’s-level students, it is expected that you develop strong skills for reviewing literature.

The Bibliography and overall paper must be formatted properly in APA format and style.

HINT: To ensure a well-organized paper, begin your discussion with an introduction (including purpose statement), and then include a section for each assignment task. Use appropriate headings for each section and include a conclusion.

Background Information

Biddix, P. J. (2009, July 19). What Is Educational Research? Retrieved February 6, 2017, from…

Caruth, G. D. (2013). Demystifying Mixed Methods Research Design: A Review of the Literature. Online Submission, 3(2), 112-122. Retrieved from…

Matveev, A. V. (2002). The advantages of employing quantitative and qualitative methods in intercultural research: practical implications from the study of the perceptions of intercultural communication competence by American and Russian Managers. Russian Communication Association. Published: Collected research articles, Bulletin of Russian Communication Association “THEORY OF COMMUNICATION AND APPLIED COMMUNICATION”, Issue 1 / Edited by I.N. Rozina, Rostov-on-Don: Institute of Management, Business and Law Publishing, 2002. – 168 p. P. 59-67. Retrieved August 19, 2013, from…

Ndunda M. (2004). Introduction to educational research. Retrieved August 19, 2013, from College of Charleston website:…

Ocean Observatories- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Retrieved September 14, 2015, from

Schreiber, Deborah Ph.D. 2012 MAE504 Research Methods in Education ** Available in the Presentations section.

Oliver, P. (2010). Understanding the research process (pp. 67-80) SAGE Publications Ltd.

Optional Reading

Tong, W. K. (2003). The scientific method. Retrieved August 20, 2013, from…

Yahng, L. (Academic). (2017). An introduction to survey research [Video]. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Suter, W. N. (2012). Common non-intervention research designs. In Introduction to educational research: A critical thinking approach (pp. 317-341). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Almazan, E. P. (Academic). (2017). An introduction to descriptive & inferential statistics [Video]. London: SAGE Publications Ltd

Drew, C. J., Hardman, M. L. & Hosp, J. L. (2008). Descriptive statistics. In Designing and conducting research in education(pp. 287-304). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd.

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