Role and Responsibilities of the Qualitative Researcher Presentation
While the concepts of objectivity and subjectivity are no longer meaningful in qualitative research, strategies that may be collectively labeled as “reflexive practices” abound in the qualitative methodological literature (Denzin & Lincoln, 2018). These practices focus on examining one’s subjectivity and biases and reflecting on how these may shape the research process.
“Researcher as an instrument” raises important ethical, accountability, and social justice issues, including power, positionality, authorship, and voice. Importantly, the reflexive researcher understands that a reflective stance is imperative. Whereas in quantitative research this impact is considered to be a bias or limitation that needs to be controlled for, in qualitative studies this is considered an asset that indeed enriches and enhances the research, and provides an additional level of credibility. As Bloomberg & Volpe (2019) explain:
As the instrument of data collection and data analysis, reflexivity must remain an active, intentional, and ongoing awareness to address, monitor, and act on your role as a researcher, and the significant impact that you have on your research, particularly with regard issues regarding interpretation and representation … As a qualitative researcher you will need to ensure that you are thinking more deeply about the potential impact of all the choices you make regarding your study’s design, including identification, justification, and limitations for all methodological choices; and what might be your underlying (explicit and implicit) biases and assumptions, and why (p. 47).
Bloomberg, L. D., & Volpe, M. (2019). Completing your qualitative dissertation: A road map from beginning to end (4th ed.). Sage.
Denzin, N. K., & Lincoln, Y. S. (Eds.). (2018). The Sage handbook of qualitative research (5th ed.). Sage.
Marshall, C., & Rossman, G. (2016). Designing qualitative research (6th ed.). Sage.
Ravitch, S. M., & Carl, N. (2016). Qualitative research: Bridging the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological. Sage.
Rossman, G. B., & Rallis, S. F. (2017). Learning in the field: An introduction to qualitative research (4th ed.). Sage.
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- Optional Badging Activity #2: Qualitative Principles Set 2Quiz
- This week, you have the opportunity to complete the second optional, ungraded activity for the chance to earn the Qualitative Methodology badge. The activity this week is a quiz.This quiz is not the weekly assignment, and completion of the quiz is optional. What is not optional is your integrity; you are expected to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.Remember that you must earn a passing score on both the Week 4 and Week 7 optional badging activities to earn the Qualitative Methodology badge. You will be able to see the badges you have earned in the My Awards section of NCUOne.If you have questions about concepts, please ask your professor. If you have trouble with accessing or completing the quiz, please contact the Service Desk using the “Support” link located under “More” on the top navigation bar of the course room.
- Week 7 – Assignment: Portray Your Own Role and Responsibilities as a Qualitative ResearcherAssignment
Note: This assignment is the required and graded assignment for Week 7. This assignment is NOT the optional badging activity. Please complete and submit this assignment.This week’s narrated presentation emphasizes the concept of reflexivity as central to qualitative research. The central thrust of the presentation is to develop and strengthen awareness of the roles and responsibilities of the qualitative researcher and to offer practical suggestions to most responsibly perform the role of “researcher-as-instrument”, a concept that has been highlighted throughout the course. This deeper level thinking that this assignment provokes and encourages, allows you to reflect on new learning and insights, and prepares you for the final upcoming Signature Assignment that you will complete next week.As with the first assignment in this course, you are called upon again to reflect critically on your role as a qualitative researcher. As you have learned in this course, qualitative research values the concept of subjectivity, and because of this, the researcher is expected to be transparent throughout the research process. This week, you have an opportunity to think deeply, critically, and reflectively. As such, consider this a very valuable and rich learning moment! Use the Kaltura tool within the LMS to create a narrated presentation. To help you remain focused, you will first write a script, which you will submit along with your presentation. This week, you are provided with the Kaltura User Guide which explains how to access and use this recording tool that is integrated into the LMS.In the past few weeks, you have learned about the importance of alignment and trustworthiness, and you have also become aware of the researcher’s critical role in achieving this. Demonstrate your understanding of qualitative research by matching each of the following principles with its corresponding explanation. You will accomplish several tasks with this penultimate assignment. Be sure to address each of the following three prompts clearly and articulately:
- Describe your understanding of the following terms: positionality, reflexivity, and researcher-as-instrument. Provide definitions for each term, and offer examples that you draw from your own personal and professional experiences.
- Pick three adjectives to describe the role of the qualitative researcher. Address each adjective in 3-5 sentences explaining what you see as the researcher’s responsibilities in planning for, conducting, and writing up a qualitative study.
- Create some “notes to self”. In these notes, include ideas about the important and useful aspects of your role and responsibilities as a qualitative researcher that you will want to remember. These notes can serve as a reminder as you move forward with your research study. As such, it would be a good exercise to write these notes for yourself so that you can refer back to them, and also build on them, as you proceed in your program. These notes could in effect also be the start of a research journal that will be required in some future research courses further on in your program.
Length: This assignment will include a written script of 2-3 pages and a narrated presentation that will last 3-5 minutes.References: Include a minimum of 4 scholarly resources.The completed assignment should address all of the assignment requirements, exhibit evidence of concept knowledge, and demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the content presented in the course.