Qualitative Research

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Defending one's method (qualitative research)

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Introduction to webquest
You are to choose a research topic and provide an argument as to the qualitative research method that best serves your study. Review Unit I, specifically the different types of qualitative research: grounded theory, ethnography, case study, narrative, and phenomenology. Also, review paradigms or worldviews of qualitative research.

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Your task is to write a five paragraph essay that demonstrates your understanding of qualitative research paradigms and the different types of qualitative research that are typically used.

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  • Your Five-paragraph essay will be uploaded here.
  • Copy and paste the headings and subheadings and include your name where it says Student's name.
  • List 10 research questions related to the topic you wish to write about.
  • Complete the brainstorming section and use any method you wish: outline, keywords, sentences or phrases, etc.
  • Complete your first draft by writing your essay under the appropriate heading.
  • Review punctuation marks and use appropriately.
  • Create an introductory, a body, and concluding paragraph (five paragraphs in total), making sure that each paragraph is fully developed (i.e., MEAL plan, thesis statement in the introductory paragraph, summarizing in the concluding paragraph, etc.).
  • Include at least four references in your essay (adding them after your conclusion paragraph). Show at least one example of paraphrasing and one example of a direct quote, adhering to the APA style for both citations and references.
  • Indicate in bold the thesis statement located in your introductory paragraph.
  • Review and revise your first, second, etc. draft.
  • Make your final edits by September 7, 2010.

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A rubric will be used to assess your writing.this rubric.

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English language learners (ELLs) will understand that conducting research requires that one first understands the advantages and disadvantages of different research designs in order to define the method that best suits the topic under investigation.


  • Unit I
  • Books
    • Arter, J. & McTighe, J. (2001). Scoring rubrics in the classroom: Using performance criteria for assessing and improving student performance. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, Inc.
    • Wiggins, G. & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by Design, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Teacher Page: Click here to access teacher page.