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Running Head: WEEK 3 ASSIGNMENT The Value of Qualitative Research Alexis Slater SOC 333 Research Methods Instructor: Anthony Soto-McGrath 06 May 2019
2 WEEK 3 ASSIGNMENT The Value of Qualitative Research When individuals conduct research, they are solely doing so to gain answers for their inquiries. Researchers all over the planet conduct research on numerous subject matters, any and everything under the sun, from history and math to social issues, like global warming. Research, itself has a multitude of methods and approaches which can be utilized in the process of performing research. These research methods and approaches can be qualitative, quantitative, or mixed method approach. Each research method is highly critical when researchers decide which topics need more information. Choosing which type of research works best for a subject is important, as it aids in determining how the data should be obtained (Bansal et al., 2018). Throughout my paper, I will present the benefits of ethnographical research in terms of understanding a unique social world, as well as understanding the qualitative researcher’s role in performing and reporting on ethnographic research. I will provide an explanation of a researcher’s role in qualitative research and ethnographic approach, what issues and challenges arise with each research approach, and discuss the actions researcher’s can take to maintain an ethical, neutral stance when conducting research. Then, I will supply a synopsis of Loïc Wacquant’s research and justify his stance and research approach. I will discuss how qualitative research and ethnographic research can inform our comprehension of unique social worlds, and lastly, describe the potential impact of research in supporting positive social change through public policy. All research methods are vital because they allow researchers to comprehend the significance of a study, as well as, the motives behind the research.
3 WEEK 3 ASSIGNMENT Role of a ResearcherTo begin, the focus of qualitative research is the process by which individuals interpret and comprehend how the world operates (Murtonen, 2015). This type of research can generally be compacted into a collection of hypotheses and ideas. Murtonen continues to explain, qualitative research methods are utilized in order to understand the perspectives and experiences of a participant, and does not concentrate on statistical data, unlike quantitative research, when conducting research (2015). Qualitative research follows an inductive method of reasoning, it centers on individuality, as well as the significance of outlining the intricacy of particular circumstances (Creswell & Creswell, 2018). Furthermore, the role a researcher plays in qualitative research is an important part of the research process. Creswell & Creswell proclaim, “Particularly in qualitative research, the role of the researcher as the primary data collection instrument necessitates the identification of personal values, assumptions and biases at the outset of the study” (Creswell & Creswell, 2018, ch. 9.9, para. 7). It is the researcher’s duty to gather data for a study. Though, when doing so, they may