Qualitative Research Assignment/Observational Research

Qualitative Research Assignment/Observational Research

Go Do It: Mini Research Project/Portfolio For this assignment you will try your hand at constructing the general framework of a Qualitative Research study, you already have some experience in developing your research question,as far as visual data refer to page 54 “selected examples of qualitative research methods”. (Step 1) Pick your Research Question ( You can refer to the tab with good and bad examples for help), for this assignment you will be observing and collecting data (you will be doing an observation of a phenomenon). (Step 2) after you have decided what phenomenon you will research you then will conduct your observation and gather dat. make sure that you are in a safe environment, ( coffee shop, any of the Peralta Colleges etc..) make this assignment safe and easy. Make sure that you are clear about what or who you are observing and again do not put yourself in a dangerous or risky situation. Reflect on what you have written, follow the directions below, and finally do some form of analysis. Have fun with this assignment, try to learn about something that really has some interest to you….This is one of your bigger assignments point wise so do it well and do it on time. Note: Observational research (or field research) is a type of correlational (i.e., non-experimental) research in which a researcher observes ongoing behavior. Below I am giving you a general idea of how I plan to grade this work: Exercise A: Research Question (5) Exercise B : Participant Observation and Field Notes (10) The objective of this exercise is to demonstrate the complexity behind the data collection strategy of participant observation and the composition of field notes. Go to a setting that can inform your research and spend approximately 30 minutes taking notes on the phenomenon that you have chosen to observe. Exercise C: Reflections (10) Write a minimum of 100 words on the entire mini research project. Some things you may want to touch on are: how each step in the process informed the next, what you found surprising, boring or frustrating, what you learned about your topic that you hadn’t expected, how your research was informed by your theoretical position or your assumptions etc. Exercise D: Analysis and Findings (10)  Code your data and determine 2 “findings”. List and describe your findings. Write up your findings, determining how you would like to structure them (e.g., story, categories, drawing etc.). It is important that you provide “evidence” of your findings (e.g. quotes).