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Differentiation Between Qualitative and Quantitative Research

Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, please read the article by Barnham (2015), Quantitative and Qualitative Research: Perceptual Foundations, and the article by Rutberg and Bouikidis (2018), Focusing on the Fundamentals: A Simplistic Differentiation Between Qualitative and Quantitative Research Links to an external site. . Watch the Qualitative vs. Quantitative  (Links to an external site.)  video, and participate in the interactivity How to Read a Scholarly Article  (Links to an external site.) , as well as the embedded video Identifying and Finding Quantitative and Qualitative Research  (Links to an external site.) . Refer to the APA Formatting Template  (Links to an external site.)  to help you correctly cite journal articles. This discussion forum is the first part of a two-part integration. The peer and instructor feedback you receive in this discussion forum will be integrated and submitted in this week’s written assignment. You must provide feedback on your peers’ initial posts by Day 5 of this week. Begin to gather background information about the topic of interest and the research focus you identified in Week 1. This is the beginning of developing an understanding of the topic and a prelude to narrowing the topic. Identify three peer-reviewed academic journal articles that report on qualitative research studies that address the research topic or research focus of interest to you. In an initial post of at least 300 words that incorporates and cites information from at least two required resources, Identify and provide a complete APA citation for three articles that report on qualitative research studies that address your research topic or research focus. Consider accessing the Ashford Writing Center’s Formatting Your References List  (Links to an external site.)  for more on completing a complete reference citation. Append your three articles to your initial discussion form post by Day 3. The simplest way to post more than one file to a Canvas discussion is to zip the multiple files together and then upload them as a single file in your discussion post. Follow the How to Create and Open Zip Files on PC and Mac  (Links to an external site.)  for step-by-step instructions for zipping and unzipping files on either a PC or a Mac. Identify the characteristics of each article that tell you the study is a qualitative research study, and not a quantitative research study, citing at least two required resources. Assess how these three studies are useful in helping you develop a better understanding of your topic of interest or your research focus, and what you learned from each study. Guided Response: Answer any questions your instructor has about your initial post. Review several of your classmates’ posts, prioritizing those who have not received feedback, and respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 5. Each of your responses to your classmates should be at least 100 words in length. Indicate whether you agree that the studies identified by your classmate are qualitative research studies. Provide specific information to reinforce your assessment. Reflect on your classmate’s appraisal of the usefulness of each study. You are encouraged to post your required replies early in the week to provide opportunities for interaction and further discourse within this forum. Continue to monitor the discussion forum through Day 7, and respond with robust dialogue to anyone who replies to your initial post. Compile your instructor’s and classmates’ feedback and navigate to this week’s assignment to complete Part 2.

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