Rationale for and Potential Bias in Qualitative Research

| May 31, 2015

Rationale for and Potential Bias in Qualitative Research




Assume the role of a chief researcher for the state Department of Education who is examining two groups with similar educational deficiencies. One group involved in the study is a rural, ethnically-defined, aboriginal group with a high rate of health issues including diabetes, vision impairment, and heart disease. The other group is also a rural group living on family-owned farms (as opposed to corporate farms) that are in severe decline as a result of years of decreasing rainfall and drought. Both groups’ exhibit achievement test scores that are more than one standard deviation below the mean at all grade levels, and excessive high school drop-out rates.


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  • This assignment requires that at least two additional scholarly research

    sources related to this topic, and at least one in-text citation from each

    source be included.


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Use the scenario presented above to write a paper of 1,000-1,250 words that addresses the use of qualitative research as a means of studying the two groups in the scenario. Include the following in your paper:


  • A rationale for using qualitative research methods instead of quantitative



  • A statement of how the worldviews and paradigms of the researcher may

    create bias when applying qualitative research to the given scenario.




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