Literature Search, Part I

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Literature Search, Part I

One of the more important questions you will need to ask and answer for yourself as you develop your research study is: “Which qualitative research approach best fits my research question?” You may be able to reframe your research question to fit more than one qualitative approach; generally, though, one of the available approaches is likely to fit better than the others once you have a well-defined question. The only way to make this determination is to develop a familiarity with different approaches.

In this Discussion, you will conduct a literature review of your topic area, focusing your choice on a research study that uses one of the qualitative approaches covered this week.

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  • Looking for a particular kind of qualitative article on your topic may be more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack. Do not hesitate to broaden your search to incorporate related phenomena or different target groups in order to find a study.
  • Go to the Walden Library for tips and strategies for efficient searching.
  • Make sure you get the complete citation of the article, as well as the .pdf, because your Instructor will want to review the article.
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  • Be aware that your posting will first require an extensive article analysis. What you post is a summary of your work, not the entire analysis. This is good practice for summarizing and evaluating research for your capstone.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the reading materials about the different approaches in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Conduct your own literature search to find a published study that represents one of the approaches.
  • Review the following resources before proceeding with your own article review:

Document: R8360 Guidelines for Reading and Evaluating Qualitative Research Articles (PDF)

Document: Example of How to Read and Evaluate a Qualitative Research Article (PDF)

By Day 3

Contribute a 3-paragraph Discussion post in which you respond to the following:

  • Summarize the characteristics of the approach of the research article you chose during your literature search.
  • Summarize the research article, including the citation and sufficient information for your classmates and Instructor to locate the article.
  • Present a short critique of that article based on the “R8360 Guidelines for Reading and Evaluating Qualitative Research Articles” document.

Required Readings

Patton, M. Q. (2015). Qualitative research & evaluation methods: Integrating theory and practice (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

  • Chapter 3, “Variety of Qualitative Inquiry Frameworks: Paradigmatic, Philosophical, and Theoretical Orientations” (pp. 85–168)
  • Chapter 4, “Practical and Actionable Qualitative Applications” (pp. 169–242)
Basic Qualitative Research

Bowers, B. J., Fibich, B., & Jacobson, N. (2001). Care-as-service, care-as-relating, care-as-comfort: Understanding nursing home residents’ definitions of quality. The Gerontologist, 41(4), 539–545. Retrieved from http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/
Care-as-Service, Care-as-Relating, Care-as-Comfort Understanding Nursing Home Residents’ Definitions of Quality by Bowers, B.; Fibich, B.; Jacobson, N., in The Gerontologist, Vol. 41/Issue 4. Copyright 2001 by Oxford University Press – Journals, The Gerontological Society of America. Reprinted by permission of Oxford University Press – Journals, The Gerontological Society of America via the Copyright Clearance Center.

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