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Foundations of Qualitative Research Worksheet

Exercise 1

The purpose

of this exercise is to examine how philosophical assumptions differ and are exemplified (implicitly or explicitly) based on the interpretive framework selected. 

  1. Read the four articles listed below, which are located in the Week 1 University Library Readings. Each qualitative journal article adopts a different interpretive lens.

Queer Theory

Adams et al. (2014). "Aren't labels for pickle jars, not people?" Negotiating identity and community in talk about 'being gay.'

Social Constructivist

Brown et al. (2006). Waiting for a liver transplant.

Postpositivist

Churchill et al. (2007). How rural low-income families have fun: A grounded theory study.

Transformative

Job et al. (2013). Toward better collaboration in the education of students with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Voices of teachers, administrators, caregivers, and allied professionals.

 

  1. Complete the table below by providing detailed explanations and examples that demonstrate how the different philosophical assumptions are represented (implicitly or explicitly) in the selected journal articles.

 

 

Ontological

Assumptions

Epistemological

Assumptions

Axiological

Assumptions

Methodological

Assumptions

Interpretive Frameworks

Queer Theory

Adams et al. (2014)

 

 

 

 

Social Constructivism

Brown et al. (2006)

 

 

 

 

Postpositivism

Churchill et al. (2007)

 

 

 

 

Transformative

Job et al. (2013)

 

 

 

 

  1. Discuss how the philosophical assumptions differed between the interpretive frameworks. Why is it important for researchers to understand the connection between philosophy and interpretive frameworks?

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Exercise 2

The purpose of this exercise is to explore the link between the research purpose and research questions.

  1. Identify a potential research topic for a qualitative study.

A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP STYLES OF CORPORATE PRESIDENTS 

  1. Complete the table below by writing 1 or 2 research questions for an exploratory, descriptive, and explanatory study related to your selected topic. Include a justification that explains how research question(s) align with and/or support the research purpose.
  2.  

 

Research Question(s)

Justification

Research Purpose

Exploratory

What makes an effective and successful leader, specifically at the school level?

 

How do leadership skills from the corporate worlds inform educational leadership?


Descriptive

 

 

Explanatory

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