Part 1.

You will now acquaint yourself with the key differences between qualitative and quantitative research. This assignment will have two tasks and you will combine both parts into one document for submission.

For the first part of this task, in your own words, explain the difference between (1) continuous versus categorical variables and (2) nominal data versus interval data. Include examples to support your findings.

For part two of this task, select two articles regarding transformational leadership. Choose one article where the study is purely qualitative and one article where the study is purely quantitative.

  • For the qualitative article, explain how the study was carried out and identify specifically the type of qualitative research techniques that were used to collect and analyze the data.
  • For the quantitative article, explain how the study was carried out and identify all the variables assessed/measured in the study. For each variable, explain what type of variable it is (i.e. continuous, categorical, nominal, and interval).

Length: 5-7 pages, not including title and reference pages

Part 2.

Present a mini proposal for a study that ONLY involves a QUALITATIVE research design based on transformational. Your proposal should include the following:

1. Statement of problem. Provide a clear justification with evidence on why this study is relevant to psychology and worthy of master level study. Support your efforts using at least five scholarly, peer-reviewed sources published within the past 5 years to ensure relevancy. You can use as many references from your annotated bibliography as you feel are relevant.

2. Purpose statement (how your study will address the problem using qualitative methodology). This statement should flow from the problem statement.

3. Research questions (be sure to align these with the problem and purpose).

4. Find an additional two to three articles related to your topic of interest and provide an overview of the research methodology and design. Specifically discuss the elements below from each article and discuss how each applies (or does not apply to your current study):

  • The specific QUALITATIVE design
  • The population and sample
  • Steps for data collection and protection of human subjects, along with steps for the analysis of the data
  • Issues of trustworthiness within a qualitative framework
  • Discussion of the inherent strengths and challenges of your hypothetical study

Make sure to support all assertions and research choices using the course resources as well as additional scholarly literature you have found. Justify your steps and choices, using the course resources to help support your points.

Length: 5-7 pages, not including title and reference pages

Part 3.

Determine a potential study you might want to conduct in which you would need to collect numerical data. This can be related to the studies you identified in 2 a completely new topic. The benefits of using the topics you examined in part 2 are that you have a database of references to work from now. But if you have decided or prefer to work with a different topic, that is fine. Draft a quantitative research design plan to address the following:

  • State the research problem. Support it with five scholarly resources.
  • Explain how you could use quantitative methodology to address your research problem. Specifically, identify and discuss a design that is associated with quantitative methodology that you would consider to answer your research questions.
  • State the purpose of the research effort. Make sure the purpose is aligned with the problem.
  • List one or more quantitative research questions that would be appropriate for a quantitative study. Make sure your research questions are aligned with your research problem and your purpose statement.
  • State a hypothesis.
  • Discuss and justify your sample and population.
  • Explain how you would recruit participants.

Length: 5-7 pages, not including title and reference pages


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