A critical literature-based assignment. It is designed to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of qualitative research design, theory and practice. The assignment will enable students to demonstrate an understanding of qualitative methods that are, or potentially could be, employed in their area of research interest.
1- How extensive is the contribution that qualitative research methods have already made (alone or within mixed qualitative and quantitative designs) towards knowledge that is broadly relevant to your area of research interest, and why (or why not)? Consider the strengths and limitations of qualitative methods, and the reasons why researchers in your broad area of research interest have tended to adopt or reject them (including these researchers’ ontological, epistemological, and methodological concerns).
2- How much potential do qualitative methods have (alone or within mixed designs) for contributing towards future research in this broad area, including your own work, and what are the reasons for your view?