Indicate the underlying theories that undergird the topic you are currently researching. Explain how they factor in the explanation of the variables being examined. For example, the variables being noted here are teacher stress and student achievement. What theories relate to teacher stress? What theories relate to student achievement? Discuss these theories in light of this study.
Locate previous studies that were done on your topic of interests. Discuss the findings of each study. Determine whose findings supported and/or refuted the others. Locate additional articles that help define the variables in this study. Ensure that your literature review is rich and content-laden.
Declare the research designs that will be used. Scholarly define and discuss each type of design, its advantages and disadvantages -according to scholarly experts. Note that you will need to explain the type of design being used for the mixed methods component, quantitative component, and the type of design being used for the qualitative component. Address each strand thoroughly, using the subheadings below.
1. Mixed Method Design
2. Quantitative Strand
3. Qualitative Strand
Demographically describe the population from which the sample will be drawn.
Scholarly describe the sampling method to be used and the rationale for sample size in each strand. In the case of a mixed method study you will need to discuss sampling method and sample size for both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the study; two different sample sizes. See research design textbooks.
1. Quantitative Strand: Sampling Method and Sample Size
2. Qualitative Strand: Sampling Method and Sample Size
Quantitative Strand: Instrumentation
A discussion of the survey or data source to be used in the quantitative aspect of the study. Explain its psychometric properties in terms of validity and reliability coefficients, Cronbach alpha scores, based on all the tests that have been conducted in the development of the survey. Is there a copyright issue with this survey? Who would you need to get permission from to use it?
Qualitative Strand: Data Collection
Declare the data collection methods that will be used in this strand of the mixed methods study. There may be several (interviews, focus groups, document review, observations, open ended questionnaire). Once they are declared, you then need to establish subheadings to thoroughly describe each in terms of the types (semi-structured interviews, structured interviews, unstructured interviews) or (participant observation/non-participant observation), benefits and challenges of each type, and rationale for selection these data collection methods.
Explain in sequential order, the proposed steps in operationalizing the study. Beginning from receiving approval from the institution where the study is to be conducted, receiving IRB approval, ethical considerations in terms of protecting participants’ anonymity and data, informed consents content, solicitation methods, and data collection process. It is extremely important that as you describe these steps, strategies for ensuring validity and reliability in the research process is evident (Threats to internal validity for the quantitative strand and strategies for the qualitative strand such as audit trails, member checking, and triangulation).
Scholarly explain the data analysis procedure for both the quantitative and the qualitative aspects of the mixed method study. Note that SPSS and NVIVO are not data analysis processes. The statistical method being used for the quantitative strand must be appropriate based on the quantitative design; likewise, the appropriate analysis method must be used for the qualitative aspect (Thematic analysis for Case or ethnographic study; Colaizzi method or Modified Van Kaam for Phenomenological designs; Content analysis for document reviews).
Use the subheadings below.
1. Quantitative Strand: Data Analysis Method
2. Qualitative Strand: Data Analysis Method
Validity and Reliability
Scholarly describe how external validity would be ensured, and threats to internal validity would be addressed in the quantitative portion of the study. Discuss the strategies that will be used in ensuring validity and reliability in the qualitative portion of this mixed method study.
Researcher Bias/Researcher Role
In the case of a qualitative or mixed method study, it is important to declare what the researcher’s biases are, and how the researcher will go about ensuring that his/her biases will not impact the study. Utilize your previous qualitative textbooks in order to assist you in addressing this section.
Explain the importance of trustworthiness (see qualitative textbook). How will you ensure that this vital component is addressed in this study?
Explain the importance of ethical considerations (see qualitative textbook). How will you ensure that this vital component is addressed in this study?
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