• April 23rd, 2016

Communications, EVALUATING RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT

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EVALUATING  RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT
The paper should be in APA style, with cover page. There is no need for an abstract. List
the sources that you used in a Reference section at the end of the paper.
A. QUANTITATIVE STUDY
Write a 4-page evaluation (40 points) that critically examines the assigned quantitative
study using the framework for evaluating research article and report (see attached file on
BB). When reviewing each of the 5 parts of the article, you should critically evaluate
them with the following three criteria in mind.
Conventional quantitative methodology puts a major emphasis on four criteria to ensure
that research results are sound: (1) validity, which aims to measure what the investigation
has set out to measure; (2) generalizability, whether research findings from a particular
study can be generalized to other appropriate settings; (3) reliability, which asks whether
or not findings in a particular study can be replicated; and (4) objectivity, whether
subjective bias has been eliminated by assuring that the methods of obtaining information
are empirical and allow agreement across multiple observers.
B. QUALITATIVE STUDY
Write a 4-page evaluation (40 points) that critically examines the assigned qualitative
study using the framework for evaluating research article and report (see attached file on
BB). When reviewing each of the 5 parts of the article, you should critically evaluate
them with the following four criteria drawn from Tracy’s (2010) eight “big-tent” criteria
in mind.
Qualitative studies take place in real life settings and rely primarily on various qualitative
methods for data collection and analysis. Similar to quantitative research, four criteria
have been proposed to accomplish its aims. Although they evaluate the soundness of a
study, their characterization is distinctly different from those used to evaluate quantitative
studies: (1) credibility, which aims to produce findings that are marked by triangulation
of participant perspectives and researcher stance/bias so that is believable and
convincing; (2) resonance, which allows for the findings to be applied from one setting
to other contextually similar settings; (3) meaningful coherence, which addresses
whether the study uses methods and procedures that fit its purpose in a coherent manner;
and (4) rich rigor, which ensures that both the construct, data collection and analysis are
appropriate and complex.

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