The Research Methodology Research Paper by Nicky

The Research Methodology
An exploration of the various types of research methodologies.
# 149027 | 5,044 words | 29 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 20, 2011 in Research Designs (General)

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This paper examines the various types of research methodology, utilizing the literature search methodology to collect, organize and analyze the data. The paper looks at the quantitative and qualitative research methodology, case study methodology, focus group study, observation methodology and participant methodology. The paper discusses interviews and data collection tools, participant observation and the benefits of naturalistic observation. The paper also examines the pros and cons of particular methodologies. This paper contains a figure.

Methodology's Primary Purpose
Research Endeavors
Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methodology
Case Study Methodology
Focus Group Study
Compare/Contrast Focus Group to Case Study
Observation Methodology
Participant Methodology
Case Study Compared/Contrasted to Observation
Interviews and Data Collection Tools
Participant Observation
Benefits of Naturalistic Observation

From the Paper:

"As the correlational research investigates two or more aspects of a particular situation, the researcher aims to discover or establish the existence of an association, relationship, or interdependence between the two aspects. These studies merit the name, correlational studies, because they seek to determine whether a relationship between two or more aspects of a situation or phenomenon actually exists. The correlational study may include exploring how an advertising campaign impacts the sale of a product, for example, or determining the relationship between stressful living scenarios and the incidences of heart attacks (Kumar, 2005).
"The descriptive research endeavor aims to systematically describe a problem, phenomenon, service, situation or program, situation, or proffer information. This type research may relate a community's living condition, for instance, or describe the reported attitudes toward a particular issue. These studies primarily aim to describe prevalent factors/point in regard to the issue or problem being investigated (Kumar, 2005).
"Kumar (2005) explains that explanatory research attempts to clarify why and how the relationship between two aspects of a situation or phenomenon exists. For instance, explanatory research may attempt to explain why stressful living contributes to heart attacks. This type research may strive to determine how the home environment impinges on the level of academic achievement the child demonstrates or why fertility decline follows a decline in mortality."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andrade, A. D. (2009). Interpretive research aiming at theory building: Adopting and adapting the case study design. The Qualitative Report. Nova Southeastern University, Inc. Retrieved May 26, 2009 from HighBeam Research:
  • Arellano, M. A. (2005). Translation and ethnography: The anthropological challenge of intercultural understanding. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 11(1), 165. Retrieved May 26, 2009, from Questia database:
  • Berg, B. L. (2007). Qualitative research methods for the social sciences, 6th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Bloom, B.S. (Ed.) (1956). Taxonomy of educational objectives: The classification of educational goals: Handbook I, cognitive domain. New York ; Toronto: Longmans, Green.
  • Burke, J. (2005). Educating the staff at a homeless shelter about mental illness and anger management. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 22(2), 65-76.

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