Assignment 5

Assignment 5
Research Questions and Design

Your paper should include your name and course title and should adhere to APA style. It should also be written in 12-font and double-spaced (see chapters in Creswell & Plano Clark, [2011] on Choosing a Mixed Method Design and Introducing a Mixed Methods Study and the chapter in Creswell, [2012] on Specifying a Purpose and Research Questions or Hypotheses). Your paper should include the following elements:

Research Questions
Develop one quantitative research question and one central qualitative research question. Include 1-2 qualitative subquestions. Refer to Educational Research (Creswell, 2012) Chapter 4 for an in-depth overview of developing research questions. A research question poses a relationship between two or more variables but phrases the relationship as a question and should adhere to the following guidelines: (a) formation of question or questions are based on theory, previous research (i.e., the literature review), and experience; (b) stated in the form of a question; and (c) are focused and clear (i.e., specific and feasible).
Quantitative. Specify the specific variables to test (e.g., What is the relationship between the perception of the new educational initiative and job satisfaction?).
Qualitative. Specify a concise open-ended question that begins with what or how and use verbs such as discover, explore, or understand. Example: (central question) How did the employees respond to the new educational initiative? (subquestion) What impact does the initiative have on the employees’ roles?
Mixed method. Specify an explicit question so that the data can be analyzed to address the specific mixed method design chosen. For example, if a triangulation approach with a convergence design was chosen then the question would be, “To what extent does the quantitative and qualitative data converge? How and why?”

Design
In one sentence describe the design that will be used to answer the research questions and create the appropriate diagram. Example: A triangulation design with a convergence model will be utilized to answer the stated research questions as seen in Figure 1.
Your report will be graded using the following rating scale:

Characteristics Assessed
Good Fair Poor Inadequate

1. Quantitative Question 4 3 1 0
2. Qualitative Questions 4 3 1 0
3. Mixed Method Question 4 3 1 0
4. Design and Visual Diagram 4 3 1 0
5. APA style and format 4 3 1 0

Total Points Earned: ____ / 20 Points Possible

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