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Developing a Research Topic for a Qualitative Study

Developing a Research Topic for a Qualitative Study
Overview and Guidelines
Overview
The purpose of this Assignment is for you to gain experience in taking a topic of your interest and considering it as a possibility for a qualitative research study.
Assignment 1 is composed of three parts, as described further in this Overview and Assignment Guidelines document. Developing a Research Topic for a Qualitative Study Assignment Overview and Guidelines and begin thinking about possible research topics.
To prepare for this Assignment:
• • Review the expectations of the Major Assignment 1: Developing a Research Topic for a Qualitative Study Assignment Overview and Guidelines. (Note: Make sure you review this document in its entirety before getting started.)
• • Review Discussion 2 to explore possible topics for this Major Assignment.
Assignment 1: Developing a Research Topic for a Qualitative Study
• Review the Major Assignment 1: Developing a Research Topic for a Qualitative Study Assignment Overview and Guidelines and follow the format and guidelines in this document to create your Assignment 1.
• • Review the Walden Writing Center website related to problem statements.
• • Review the Walden Writing Center websites related to annotated bibliographies and
consider how you will need to create your annotated bibliography for this Major
Assignment.
• • Attend the Walden Library Lab webinar and consider how you will need to use the
library to assist you in your research. Use the Course Guide and Assignment Help
found in this week’s Learning Resources for further information.
• • Use the Course Guide and Assignment Help to search and select three articles
related to your personal topic of study and include one literature review or meta- analysis article, one theory article, and one research article. The research article may either be from a quantitative or qualitative perspective. This will begin your annotated bibliography that will contribute to your research topic for the final Assignment 1.
Part 1
• • Create a title page for your Major Assignment 1. Use the Detailed Major Assignment 1 Guidelines at the end of this document for proper formatting of your paper.
• • Write a problem statement based on your topic of study. Develop a 1- to 2- paragraph statement that is the result of a review of the articles you located on your topic.
1. Briefly describe the phenomena you are interested in studying.
2. Briefly summarize the key findings or what is understood about this
phenomena based on the three articles you reviewed.
3. Briefly identify the “gap”—what do you see as an important ,relevant, next step in learning more about this topic that would be appropriate for a qualitative study.
(Note: As you write your problem statement, use your literature review/meta- analysis article, your theory article, and your research article to support your problem statement. Also, these articles should be included in your annotated bibliography framework.)
• Include your Annotated Bibliography section. No Assignment submission for this week.

Activity
For this week, you will work on Part 2 of this Assignment 1. To prepare for this Assignment:
• • Review the Learning Resources related to research design and methods.
• • Review the Detailed Major Assignment 1 Guidelines at the end of this document for
proper formatting of your paper.
• • Review the Walden Writing Center websites related to annotated bibliographies.
• • Attend the Walden Library Lab webinar and consider how you will need to use the
library to assist you in your research. Use the Course Guide and Assignment Help
for additional information.
• • Use the Course Guide and Assignment Help to continue your search for the three
articles related to your personal topic of study. You will need one literature review meta-analysis article, one theory article, and one research article. The research article may either be from a quantitative or qualitative perspective. (Note: You previously used this research article for your Discussion 2 in Week 3.)
• • You will continue your work on your Annotated Bibliography that will contribute to your research topic for the final Assignment.

• Write a purpose statement using terminology of qualitative research. The purpose statement should contain:
1. A statement using the following template: The purpose of this qualitative study is to [choose one: explore, describe, understand, explain] the
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meaning/experience/culture/stories of [phenomenon of interest] in
[population/location].
2. A justification of why the purpose of your study is suited for the qualitative
approach in terms of:
• • The phenomena you choose.
• • The “fit” with a constructivist epistemology and ontology.
• • The relevance of the naturalistic setting or context to the phenomena of
interest.
Based on your knowledge of reflexivity, explain your relationship to the problem; and the issues of bias and positionality to be addressed.
Include a brief description of the setting and possible sources of data.
• • Write a research question using terminology of qualitative research. (Note: This could be the same research question you created in your Discussion 1 for this week ONLY if it applies to your topic of study for this Assignment.)
The research question should incorporate and mirror the purpose statement using the following template: What is the meaning/experience/culture/stories of [phenomenon of interest] in [population/location]
• • Include your updated Annotated Bibliography section. No Assignment submission for this week.
Submit Parts 1 (completed in Week 2), 2 (completed in Week 3), and the Annotated Bibliography by Day 7 of Week 4.
For this week, you will submit Parts 1, 2, and the Annotated Bibliography of your Major Assignment 1 to your Instructor to receive feedback.

Submit Parts 1, 2, and your Annotated Bibliography section of your
My subject of interest (example)

1 What is the phenomenon of interest

A qualitative study usually begins with an interest, problem, or question (Ravitch & Carl, 2016). The phenomenon of interest is Narcissistic leaders (The negative and positive outcomes). Narcissism is becoming important in respect to leadership when used to solidify the role of a leader. Identifying the roles narcissism play in leadership allows one to gain awareness regarding his or her leadership style and avoiding the abuse of such power.

2 What experiences or contextual issues might influence how this phenomenon could be studied

According to Engle & Lord, 1997; Lord & Maher, 1991, implicit followership theories are important because the internalization and endorsement of certain beliefs about followers may shape how leaders later judge and respond to followers (Hansbrough & Jones, 2014). Later, we will consider how implicit followership theories may guide narcissistic leaders’ causal attributions for follower performance; here we consider how leader narcissism may impact implicit followership theories (Hansbrough & Jones, 2014).

3 In what setting(s) could a topic like this be explored

I would like to further explore this topic in a organizational setting involving leaders specifically.

4 What connection do you have to this topic, and why do you think it is important to explore this as a qualitative study

I do not have personal connections to this topic but I do see this as a continuous topic of interest among researchers.

5 What possibilities could the results of this research have for social change
Due to a lot of interest in this topic, I believe there could be new findings that could possibly relate narcissistic leadership to positive outcomes in an organizational setting.

Reference

Keller Hansbrough, T., & Jones, G. E. (2014). Inside the minds of narcissists: How narcissistic leaders’ cognitive processes contribute to abusive supervision. Zeitschrift Für Psychologie, 222(4), 214-220. doi:10.1027/2151-2604/a000188

Ravitch, S. M., & Carl, N. M. (2016). Qualitative research: Bridging the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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