ENG 121 Week 7 Discussion
ENG 121 Week 7 Discussion
February 24, 2022
ENG 121 Week 9 Discussion
ENG 121 Week 9 Discussion
February 24, 2022
Show all

ENG 121 Week 8 Discussion


ENG 121 Week 8 Discussion: Discussion Board 8


ENG 121 Week 8 Discussion: Discussion Board 8

Qualitative Research Essay

Qualitative Research Paper Instructions

In the Argument Essay, you conducted academic research on your topic.  You likely read about studies, theories, and both current and historical events and influences on your topic.  This depth of knowledge, gained from written sources, has been integral in forming your understanding and developing your position on the topic.  However, to really understand your topic, it’s also important to discuss the topic with those involved within it.  This is where qualitative research comes in.

Qualitative research adds the human story to the topic.  It answers questions about peoples’ beliefs and actions. It relies on field research that you will conduct yourself, in the form of an interview, to add a human element to the body of research you have already collected and will continue to collect through secondary sources.

To successfully complete the qualitative research paper, follow this step-by-step process that includes assignments built into class:

  1. Continue working with the same topic from the argumentative paper, but push the topic into a new direction (Week 5 discussion should help here).
  2. Consult 5-7 sources that explore the debate or problem from a variety of different perspectives (demonstrated in your second annotated bibliography).  You will be able to carry over sources from your first paper, as long as they are still useful and relevant.  Note: at this stage, it is expected that all of your sources represent credible voices and information within the topic (academic, scholarly, professional).
  3. Formulate a new research question that:
    • addresses an aspect of the topic of which you have not yet found a conclusive answer
    • is open-ended
    • is about what people think, feel, or do
  4. Find someone to interview whose experience or expertise will help you answer that question.
  5. Write a qualitative research paper that explains how your interview helped you answer your research question.  Use the “How to Organize a Qualitative Research Paper”  Download “How to Organize a Qualitative Research Paper” document for help with organizing this paper.

Assignment Requirements

*While an interview is required for this paper, you may decide to utilize other forms of qualitative research, such as conducting observations, focus groups, or multiple interviews.

Research Paper Rubric 

Discussion Content

Discussions play an integral role in monitoring your course participation throughout the term. You should check back to the weekly discussions multiple times throughout the week to engage in the discussion with your professor and peers. Participation is only counted during the week in which this discussion is assigned. Be sure to appropriately cite any sources you use to support your responses with standard APA citations. Answer the prompt question(s) thoroughly, using at least 150-200 words, and respond to as many of your peers as possible. Note that responses to 2 of your peers are required for full credit. Be sure to answer any additional questions asked by your professor in the discussion threads. Your initial post is due by Day 3 of the current week, and follow up posts to your peers are due on Day 7!

Check ENG 121 Week 7 Discussion