Research Methods CASE1
Required Readings:
Johnson, R. B., & Christensen, L. (n/s). Introduction to Educational Research. University of South Alabama. Retrieved May 2011, from
Johnson, R. B., & Christensen, L. (n/s). Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Research. University of South Alabama. Retrieved May 2011, from
Matveev, A. V. (2002). The advantages of employing quantitative and qualitative methods in intercultural research: practical implications from the study of the perceptions of intercultural communication competence by American and Russian Managers. Russian Communication Association. Retrieved May 2011, from
Ndunda M. (2004). Introduction to educational research. Retrieved November 2010, from College of Charleston, Web site:
SEAS (2007). Scientific method. Retrieved November 2010, from
Smith, J. K. & Heshusius, L. (1986).* Closing Down the Conversation: The end of the quantitative-qualitative debate among educational inquires. Educational Researcher, 15(1). 4-12, Retrieved May 2011, from
Wolfs, F. (2004, June).* Introduction to the scientific method. Retrieved November 2010from the University of Rochester, Web site:
* Source is dated, however, provides seminal contribution to field of study.
Optional Enrichment Reading:
Ginorio, A. (2009). The Scientific Method: A Model for Conducting Scientific Research. Rural Girls in Science Program, University of Washington, Retrieved November 2010, from
Tong, W. K. (2003). The scientific method. Retrieved November 2010, from
Trochim, W. (2006). Deductive and inductive thinking. Retrieved November 2010 from Cornell University, Web site:
Case Assignment Tasks
First, view the presentation titled “MAE504 Research Methods in Education” (found via link above) and read the Module 1 background information. Then, please discuss in 2-3 pages (not including the cover sheet and bibliography) the following items:
1. Describe the “research process”. What are the steps involved with conducting research?
2. Define the concepts of quantitative research, qualitative research, mixed methods, and action research; discuss the strengths of each of these types of research.
3. Select 2 research methodologies (I.e., one quantitative approach, one qualitative approach, and/or one combined strategy) from the list below and provide an example of how each could be used for a study relevant to your area of interest in education or training:
Quantitative Methods: experimental, correlational, survey research
Qualitative Methods: grounded theory, ethnography, case study, narrative research
Combined Qualitative and Quantitative Methods: mixed methods, action research
* The presentation is located under “Module 1″ in the

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