SOC 333 Week 2 Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations

SOC 333 Week 2 Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations

SOC 333 Week 2 Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations

Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations. This discussion will help you understand the different ways that research can be presented based on varied approaches (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method). The text also covers extensive writing tips in regard to scholarly writing which can be useful to help you reflect and develop your own scholarly writing in coursework which requires research. A second aim of the discussion is to ouch on the integral aspect of preparation for performing research; ensuring you have considered the ethical concerns and protections for your research participants or subjects. In your initial post, address the following:


Differentiate between the qualitative constructivist/interpretive format and the qualitative transformative format for writing research proposals.


Discuss the importance of the purpose statement and the research question in the mixed-methods research proposal.


The author of the course text provides some helpful tips in scholarly writing. What tips did you find most useful to further develop your own scholarly writing in course work which requires research papers or a project?


Under what circumstances would you attempt to persuade a potential study participant to consent to an interview or completing a survey? How ethical or unethical do you think this would be, and why? For example, data from participants is important to a research study. What is appropriate in influencing a participant’s desire to share information with you as a researcher, and how do ensure your approach is ethical?


Reviewing Literature. An integral part of preparing for a research study is performing a literature review. This includes defining key terms which support your topic, searching for journal articles which support these terms, adjusting your search terms as needed, and then organizing the data you have. Based on this foundation of early research, you can specifically focus on the most important aspects of the topic chosen and can even find gaps where other researchers have not explored. This can be especially important because a research study which fills a gap is very important to developing society’s and academic’s thoughts on the subject – truly groundbreaking! In your initial post, address the following:


What topic are you most interested in studying? In one sentence state the essence of this study, then write your research title. Basically, choose a research topic that interests you – is it a social problem that affects a particular group in society? Break down the elements: Who do you want to research? What is the issue? Is there a particular place or other differentiator which is useful to describe your study?


Considering the research topic you selected, list five key terms related to your topic and use these terms to do a database search for journal articles on the topic in the Ashford University Library. What were the outcomes of your database search? Did you modify your search terms to achieve a successful search? Which databases were most useful to you and why?


Considering the research topic you selected and the database searches you performed, list the five terms you think are important in this study and define/operationalize them. Discuss the advantages and  limitations defining these terms. To help you do this, list the terms and how they specifically support and are important to your research topic