NURS 693B Assignment Methodology
NURS 693B Assignment Methodology
This week, you will
submit the methodology portion of your project. In this section, you will
explain your proposed research design and the foundation for your data
collection. While you will not collect data for your study, you will be
expected to explain how you would implement your study.
In your methodology
section, include the following:
Statement of purpose
What was studied and why?
The population studies
(if appropriate) and how they will be selected for the study
Description of the
Is your study qualitative
or quantitative and why did you choose this method?
If you chose
quantitative, is your study:
correlational, quasi-experimental, or experimental, and why?
If you chose qualitative,
is your study:
A case study, grounded
theory, phenomenology, ethnography, or historical study, and why?
What other methods were
considered but discarded?
How will you collect the
data that correlates to your research method?
What are the factors that
influence this data collection choice?
Identify and explain the
data collection instrument and if they are published instruments or created by
Where will the data be
collected and who will collect it? How will it be recorded?
How is the data
collection connected to the research questions?
What is the plan for data
Describe how you will
ensure your study is trustworthy:
strategies for credibility, dependability confirmability, and transferability.
strategies for internal and external validity, reliability, and objectivity
Your methodology section
should be 8–10 pages with cited references and support from your research
It comprises the theoretical analysis of the body of methods and principles associated with a branch of knowledge such that the methodologies employed from differing disciplines vary depending on their historical development. This creates a continuum of methodologies that stretch across competing understandings of how knowledge and reality are best understood. This situates methodologies within overarching philosophies and approaches.
Methodology may be visualized as a spectrum from a predominantly quantitative approach towards a predominantly qualitative approach. Although a methodology may conventionally sit specifically within one of these approaches, researchers may blend approaches in answering their research objectives and so have methodologies that are multimethod and/or interdisciplinary.
Overall, a methodology does not set out to provide solutions – it is therefore, not the same as a method. Instead, a methodology offers a theoretical perspective for understanding which method, set of methods, or best practices can be applied to the research question(s) at hand.
In natural sciences
The natural sciences (astronomy, biology, chemistry, geoscience, and physics) draw their study of methods through the scientific method. This is a quantitative approach influenced through the philosophy of empiricism that posits knowledge (see epistemology) can only be obtained through direct, verifiable observations. The scientific method offers a defined set of best practice to observe the world through established methods such as characterizations, hypotheses, predictions, and experimentation. A key distinguishing feature of this methodology is that it sets out not to prove knowledge, or facts, “right”, but rather it primarily sets out to prove something “wrong” or false (see falsifiability). A cornerstone of this is the null hypothesis that states there is no connection (see causality) between whatever is being observed. That it is the researcher’s position to do all they can to disprove their own hypothesis through relevant methods or techniques, documented in a clear and replicable process, to such an extent that they can disprove the null hypothesis and therefore accept the alternative hypothesis that there is a relationship between what they have observed.
Methodology has several related concepts: paradigm, algorithm, and method.
The methodology is the general research strategy that outlines the way in which research is to be undertaken and, among other things, identifies the methods to be used in it. These methods, described in the methodology, define the means or modes of data collection or, sometimes, how a specific result is to be calculated. Methodology does not define specific methods, even though much attention is given to the nature and kinds of processes to be followed in a particular procedure or to attain an objective.
When proper to a study of methodology, such processes constitute a constructive generic framework, and may therefore be broken down into sub-processes, combined, or their sequence changed.
An algorithm, like a paradigm, is also a type of constructive framework, meaning that the construction is a logical, rather than a physical, array of connected elements.
Any description of a means of calculation of a specific result is always a description of a method and never a description of a methodology. It is thus important to avoid using methodology as a synonym for method or body of methods. Doing this shifts it away from its true epistemological meaning and reduces it to being the procedure itself, or the set of tools, or the instruments that should have been its outcome. A methodology is the design process for carrying out research or the development of a procedure and is not in itself an instrument, or method, or procedure for doing things.
The economist George M. Frankfurter has argued that the word method is not interchangeable for methodology, and in contemporary scientific discourse is a “pretentious substitute for the word method”.[full citation needed] He argues that using methodology as a synonym for method or set of methods leads to confusion and misinterpretation and undermines the proper analysis that should go into designing research.