Research Methods: Qualitative Data Collection

For this assignment, you will build on your assignment from last week and further explore how you might examine your research problem using a qualitative methodology. Respond to the following questions:

  • Please restate the research problem, purpose, and research questions you developed previously and incorporate any faculty feedback as appropriate.
  • How might fieldwork and observation be used to answer your research questions? What role would fieldnotes play in this process? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using observation?
  • How might interviewing be used to answer your research questions? Would you use face-to-face interviews or electronic interviews? Why or why not? Would you interview participants individually or in a group? Why or why not? What are the advantages and disadvantages to using interviews to collect your data?
  • Discuss ethical issues to consider with these qualitative data collection methods.
  • Reflect on how you might code the potential data you collect.

Be sure to use scholarly sources to support all assertions and research decisions.

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Length: 5 to 7 pages, not including title and reference pages

Grading Rubric


Content (4 points)



Provides a detailed response to all of the bullet points listed in the assignment regarding data collection methods



Supports your analysis with examples and justification


Organization (10 point)



Organized and presented in a clear manner. Included a minimum of five scholarly references, with appropriate APA formatting applied to citations and paraphrasing.




Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic

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