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Abraham Lincoln University Research Ethics and Evaluating Qualitative Research

Section A

Review theYob and Brewer article in order to critique it against some of these qualitative best practices and policies. As usual, please be sure to carefully read and reflect on the course information before posting your discussion post. Here are the required headings to help organize your thoughts, maintain the flow of information, and ensure each component is addressed:

  • The purpose of the study
  • Research questions
  • Site selection
  • The type of purposeful sampling strategy the researchers applied. (Note: Use Table 4.3 in the Ravitch & Carl text or from Patton’s Chapter 5 to identify and describe the strategy that you think best fits what they described.)
  • An alternative sampling strategy that the researchers could have considered. Explain your choice in terms of how the strategy is consistent with their research purpose and criteria for selecting cases.
  • Provide a data saturation definition and evaluate the work of the researchers in this article regarding their efforts to achieve data saturation. Note what the researchers could have done differently to convince you that the relevant and important themes emerged.

Here are the required headings to help organize your thoughts, maintain the flow of information, and ensure each component is addressed:

Reminder: this is not just a summary of the article. It is a critique of various aspects of its design and recommendations for improvements. Here are the headings:


Research Questions

Site Selection

Sampling Strategy

Alternative Data Collection


Please use the instruction for both sections

Section B

Submit Parts 1, 2, and your Annotated Bibliography section of your Major Assignment 1.

paper of the course. It is the aggregation of all of the weekly papers you have been preparing in draft form during weeks 1, 2, and 3.

NOTE: When submitting the paper, use the proper naming convention – WK4Assgn last name first initial (e.g. WK4AssgnSmithJ)

Be sure it uses the heading and subheading structure that is listed below. Papers will be returned ungraded without this structure.

Helpful Tip – Use the below structural information as a checklist to compare your work to these expectations, as I will be using this same form combined with the rubrics to assess your work. Essentially, you should ‘pre-assess’ your paper, as if your were the instructor, before you submit it.


Developing a Research Topic for a Qualitative Study

NOTE 1: This is all about your proposed research study.

NOTE 2: All items below should include cited info from the readings, as well as relevant information related to your particular study

NOTE 3: You must have an approved research question from the Week 3 discussion forum in order to proceed. Please check the Week 3 forum to see if I approved your RQ or asked for additional revisions. Papers that do not have an approved Week RQ will not be graded. Continue to post all week 3 revision requests in the week 3 forum until I have indicated that you are ready to proceed.

Here are the required Major Assignment #1 headings

Title Page (no heading required; on a separate page)

Problem Statement (1 – 2 paragraphs)

Key Findings Summary (3 scholarly, peer-reviewed research articles)(this is not a references list and it is not the bibliography. It is written in essay format)

Gap (discuss the gap that you propose to explore; cite the source that indicates that there is a gap. Gaps are often found in a limitations section or recommendations for future research section; however, not all articles have those sections list but might still have the information somewhere in the article.)

Purpose Statement (align to the problem statement; use qualitative phrasing)








Research Question (your approved RQ from week 3; must align exactly with the purpose statement; use qualitative phrasing)

Annotated Bibliography (NOTE: a bibliography is not the same thing as a references list, nor is the same as the Key Findings section of this paper. See the course resources on how to compose a bibliography.)

*** See the Week Two announcement for the bibliography subheadings that you will need to use. There are three subheadings to be used for each article ***


Use APA guidelines

  • one inch margins
  • separate title page
  • separate references page
  • Times New Roman, 12 pt font
  • Bold Headings (left or center aligned will be fine)
  • References are also double-spaced, each line of each reference
  • Page numbers
  • No abstract
  • No Running Head

Paragraphs – minimum of four substantive and relevant sentences (minimum does not mean ‘distinguished work’; it means ‘average work’)

Voice – do not use first or second person voice; maintain a professional third-person tone (e.g. instead of saying ‘My topic is…” say “The topic is …”)

Length – minimum of eight pages of content,

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