RES701: Qualitative Doctoral Research Methods

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Course Overview

This course focuses on the qualitative paradigm of doctoral-level research from a practitioner-based perspective. The theoretical and philosophical foundation of qualitative methods, including naturalistic and inductive inquiry, other inherent assumptions, and analytical tools, provide the groundwork for the justification of an empirical qualitative research design to address a pertinent research problem.

The course project, Research Prospectus: Qualitative Paradigm, will culminate in a research prospectus that presents a justified research problem, research question, conceptual framework, study setting, population and sampling method, and a plan for qualitative data collection and analysis methods for a proposed qualitative research study. The course provides an understanding of qualitative methodology so students can become competent to conduct and evaluate research in the field.

The audience for the prospectus will be the decision makers that would typically determine whether the study would proceed to a research proposal.  The prospectus will be formatted using APA style and JIU requirements for dissertation documents.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish frameworks, approaches, and theoretical traditions in qualitative research.
  • Incorporate qualitative conventions in an applied research design to address relevant problems within the field.
  • Synthesize a plan for sampling, data collection, and analysis methods for qualitative inquiry.
  • Formulate a scholarly writing style at the level of extant research scholarship within the field.
  • Inculcate ethical maturity as a principal investigator in all aspects of the qualitative research process.
  • Critique a self-profile as a professional research practitioner prepared to undertake creative and intellectual risks to solve relevant problems within the field.
  • Justify and defend the selection of an appropriate qualitative method and design to investigate a relevant research problem.

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