Assignment: Critiquing Quantitative, Qualitative, or Mixed Methods Studies
Select a health topic of interest (acute coronary syndrome/chest pain) to you that is relevant to your current area of practice. The topic may be your Course Portfolio Project or a different topic of your choice.
Using the Walden Library, locate two articles in scholarly journals that deal with your portfolio topic: 1) Select one article that utilizes a quantitative research design and 2) select a second article that utilizes a mixed methods design research design. These need to be single studies not systematic or integrative reviews (including meta-analysis and metasynthesis).
Locate the following documents in this weeks Learning Resources to access the appropriate templates, which will guide your critique of each article:
Critique Template for a Mixed Methods Study
Critique Template for a Quantitative Study
Consider the fields in the templates as you review the information in each article. Begin to draft a paper in which you analyze the two research approaches as indicated below. Reflect on the overall value of both quantitative and qualitative research. If someone were to say to you, Qualitative research is not real science, how would you respond?
To complete this Assignment:
Complete the two critiques using the appropriate templates.
Write a 2 page paper that addresses the following:
Contrast the types of information that you gained from examining the two different research approaches in the articles that you selected.
Describe the general advantages and disadvantages of the two research approaches featured in the articles. Use examples from the articles for support.
Formulate a response to the claim that qualitative research is not real science. Highlight the general insights that both quantitative and qualitative studies can provide to researchers. Support your response with references to the Learning Resources and other credible sources.
As you complete this Assignment, remember to:
Assignment must include a title page, introduction, summary, and references. The Word document (APA_Course_Paper_Template__6th_Ed.doc) provides an example of those required elements. All assignments submitted must use this formatting.
Combine all three parts of this assignment into one Word document including both critique templates and the narrative with your references. Submit this combined document.