Develop a Research Proposal - Qualitative Design
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The qualitative research proposal. - NCBI
Charles Ragin, who organized that first meeting, produced a report (I have read the original) whose final (and somewhat different) version was prepared in collaboration with Joane Nagel and Patricia White of NSF (this is the first of the documents mentioned above, referred to hereafter as the 2004 report). The meeting itself was contentious. Many participants took issue with long-standing NSF policies, which favored research proposals containing a strong theoretically based statement of a research question transformed into hypotheses testable by well-formulated methods of data gathering and analysis. These critics insisted that qualitative research came in many varieties, some of the most important of which (particularly long-term field observation) could not be formulated this way because (what researchers considered a sound scientific reason) you never knew what ideas you would have to investigate and test until you began the research. The rules on the protection of human subjects evoked particularly strong reactions, many critics contending that, for that reason and others, they could not realistically produce the typical “human subjects” documents required by existing procedures. A few suggested that the NSF sociology panel seemed particularly averse to funding field research outside the United States. The bulk of the report consisted of short “appendices” written by attendees on a variety of subject, for the most part thoughtful explorations of various problems by such experienced researchers as Jack Katz, Mitchell Duneier, Kathleen Blee, and Elijah Anderson.
Writing the Proposal for a Qualitative Research ..
The purpose of "qualitative" or "naturalistic" research varies according to the research paradigm, methods, and assumptions. Generally speaking, qualitative researchers attempt to describe and interpret some human phenomenon, often in the words of selected individuals (the informants). These researchers try to be clear about their biases, presuppositions, and interpretations so that others (the stakeholders) can decide what they think about it all. Unlike conventional, positivist research, there is no single accepted outline for a qualitative research proposal or report (Morse, 1991). The generic outline that follows is suggested as a point of departure for qualitative research proposals, and it applies specifically to the research paradigm and methods that seem most applicable to the study of families and family therapy (e.g., post-positivist, phenomenological clinical observation and long interviews). The outline is intended to serve as a point of departure for researchers, who must decide how to organize their proposals (a) to best communicate their ideas to their intended audiences and (b) to satisfy the demands of the context.
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