Bloomberg, L. D., & Volpe, M. (2019). Completing your qualitative dissertation: A road map from beginning to end (4th ed.). SAGE. This text offers comprehensive guidance and practical tools for navigating each step in the qualitative dissertation process, including the planning, research, and writing phases. Blending the conceptual, theoretical, and practical, the book becomes a dissertation in action—an explanation and illustration of both content and process. There is also a companion website at (https://edge.sagepub.com/bloomberg-qualitative-5e)
Read Chapter 2 (“Gearing Up: There is Method in the Madness”). Read the section on identifying and developing a researchable topic. This chapter addresses identifying and developing a sound, researchable topic, which is the starting point for any research study. Access the Redshelf book from your course, in the Getting Started module or from the Bookshelf link, on the top navigation bar.
Cassibba, J. (2021). The effect of difficulty orientation and self-efficacy on performance in STEM: A quantitative correlational study (Order No. 28720200). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Northcentral University. (2585939494). Please refer to the Ph.D. dissertations written by NU alumni. This week as you are thinking about a viable research topic, review the first chapter of each dissertation to gain an idea of how the researchers explored a broad topic area, and then went on to define a narrower research focus, which becomes the research problem. Jump ahead to the literature review chapter and take a look at what theoretical or conceptual framework was selected. Keep this framework in mind as you review the broad topic area. Here is an example.
Introduction to Educational Research
Mertler, C. A. (2019). Introduction to educational research (2nd ed.). SAGE. Designed for the beginning educational researcher, this text covers all aspects of the research process and addresses both qualitative and quantitative designs and research methodologies.
Read Chapter 1 (“What is Educational Research?”). This chapter offers a broad overview of what educational research entails, and how to go about articulating a focused area as a topic for research. Access the Redshelf book from your course, in the Getting Started module or from the Bookshelf link, on the top navigation bar.
In the left navigation bar of this LibGuide, click on Qualitative Research Methods to see selected background information for a list of general qualitative research guides to utilize throughout this course.
The SAGE Research Methods database may be used to locate information about research design and methodology. It includes over 175,000 pages of content from the following sources: encyclopedias, dictionaries, books, journal articles, videos, and major works--resources that bring together the seminal articles about that particular methodology. For a complete list of titles in SAGE Research Methods, see the link above. In the left navigation bar of this LibGuide, click on Quantitative Research Methods or Qualitative Research Methods to see selected background information for a list of general quantitative and qualitative research guides.
Creswell, J. (Academic). (2015). Types of qualitative research [Video file]. SAGE Research Methods. This video (10:22) offers an overview of various qualitative designs. What design do you most identify with? Why? How might you use this design to formulate a doctoral project or dissertation-in-practice?