This assessment addresses the following learning outcomes: 1. Understand epistemologies as they relate to qualitative research and when to use qualitative methodology
2. Critically evaluate different theoretical and methodological approaches to qualitative research.3. Appreciate cultural and ethical considerations for qualitative research in Public Health.
4. Understand sampling techniques, bias and rigour as they apply to qualitative research. Part 1 Answer the following questions for each methodological paradigm: Upon what epistemology (theory about knowledge) is this based?
What are the key elements of the methodology (rules and principles) used in this approach?
What sorts of methods (processes and tools) are used within this approach? Part 2 Compare and contrast the different approaches. In doing so, you can address questions such as the following: What are the similarities and points of difference between them?What are the advantages and disadvantages of each paradigm?
What types of research question is each suited for? Part 3 Briefly describe a topic that you are interested in researching, and explain which theoretical approach appeals to you for researching this topic, and why.