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Data Collection Mini-Project

This week, you will submit the data collection
Mini-Project that you began in Week 6 and continued in Week 8. You will
describe your data collection tool, analyze the results, and evaluate its
effectiveness. This Mini-Project will prepare you for your Qualitative Research
Plan (Final Project).

To prepare for this Application:

  • Compile your responses to
    the Applications in Weeks 6 and 8.
  • Consider the
    effectiveness of the data collection tool you tested.

The assignment:

  • Craft a 4- to 5-page
    paper in which you do the following:

    • Present
      your research questions.
    • Indicate
      what data collection tool you selected (observation or interview) and
      why.
    • Explain
      what data analysis strategy or strategies was/were the most appropriate
      for your research questions and data.
    • Describe
      the themes and patterns from the results.
    • Evaluate
      the effectiveness of the tool you tested.
    • Include
      your data collection tool as an appendix.

Required Resources

  • Course Text: Qualitative
    Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook

· 

    • Chapter
      10, “Drawing and Verifying Conclusions,” pp. 277–293In
      this excerpt from Chapter 10, you will review tactics for generating
      meaning, such as noting patterns and themes, clustering, counting, making
      contrasts and comparisons, factoring, noting relations between variables,
      and building a logical chain of evidence.
  • Course Text: Qualitative
    Inquiry & Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches

    • Chapter
      8, “Data Analysis and Representation”
      This chapter reviews concepts involving data analysis and representation,
      including analysis strategies and analysis within approaches to inquiry.
  • Course Text:Patton, M. Q.
    (2015). Qualitative research & evaluation methods (4th
    ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

· 

    • Chapter
      8, “Qualitative Analysis and Interpretation”
      In this chapter, you will learn about concepts of qualitative analysis and
      interpretation, including organizing data, computer-assisted data
      management, logical analysis, interpreting findings, special analytical
      issues and frameworks, and reporting findings. This reading is a review
      from Week 8.

Research Toolkits

  • Handouts

· 

    • Walden
      Dissertation Rubric
      Available from http://researchcenter.waldenu.edu/The
      Dissertation Rubric is a Word document linked in the section for PhD
      Dissertation Process and Documents.
    • Walden Qualitative Dissertations
      This document directs you to dissertations in
      the Walden Library that use a variety of qualitative approaches and
      disciplines.

Walden University Qualitative
Dissertations

The following Walden University dissertations represent a
variety of qualitative approaches and disciplines. Dissertation award winners
are noted. All dissertations can be found in the Walden Library.

Case Study Example (Walden
Dissertation Award Winner)

Apori-Nkansah, L. (2008). Transitional justice in postconflict contexts: The case of Sierra Leone’s
dual accountability mechanism
(Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from the
Walden University dissertation database. (Publication Number: AAT 3291475).

Narrative Example (Walden
Dissertation Award Winner)

Amaladas, S. M. (2004). A
narrative inquiry into the experience of individuals in the midst of
organizational change: A shift from systems to stories
(Doctoral dissertation).
Retrieved from the Walden University dissertation database. (Publication
Number: AAT 3138845)

Grounded Theory Example

McGregor Petgrave, D. M. (2006). Professional development strategies for teaching urban biology teachers
to use concept maps effectively
(Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from the
Walden University dissertation database. (Publication Number: AAT 3229903)

Phenomenology Example

Alcock, M. M. (2009). Phenomenological
study of effects of student mobility on middle- and high-socioeconomic high
school students
(Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from the Walden
University dissertation database. (Publication Number: AAT 3366731)

Life History Example (A
sub-section of Narrative)

Stoutmorrill, B. K. (2009). Exploring the intrinsic role of agency and the extrinsic role of social
expectations for adults who learn to read: A life history
(Doctoral dissertation).
Retrieved from the Walden University dissertation database. (Publication
Number: AAT 3342441)

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