Prepare a report describing your research plan, using all that you learned so far in this course.

Compile the Methodology Plan report to include the following elements as discussed and drafted in previous modules. Be sure to revise each element according to faculty feedback. Be sure to utilize the EdD Dissertation Content Guidelines as a guide to organization and structure of your 

  • Introduction to the topic of your Problem of Practice (a problematic situation) (Around 500 words). The introduction:
    • Creates a compelling need for your topic of research and identifies the problematic situation
    • Confirms there is existing scholarly interest in this problematic situation by citing three or more academic sources such as theory or research studies. 
  • Problem Statement (1-2 paragraphs and a MAXIMUM of 300 words) as discussed in previous modules so as to include citations to support the general and specific problem, and what we know and don’t know about this problem.
  • Purpose of Study (1-2 paragraphs) which should flow from your problem.  
    • Describes the purpose of the proposed research (how the research will address the problem you have identified through the literature). This should be the first mention of your proposed research. (Open this section with ‘The purpose of this study is to …’
    • Introduce the research methodology (methodological approach) and why the selected approach is a good fit for addressing the Problem of Practice.
  • Research Questions
    • Create a research question (or more than one) aligned with your purpose that will help you investigate your problem of practice (you may bullet these) and fulfill your purpose.
    • The research question(s) should be stated appropriately for qualitative or action research (Do not include quantitative questions at this time. Qualitative RQs only!).
  • Research Design and Methods. Detail your research design (include all of the following in essay format) and the rationale for your choices. Review some Chapter Three writings from recent, excellent dissertations that are using your proposed approach. How were these sections handled?
  • Methodology: Elaborates on your rationale for why your chosen methodology (Action Research, qualitative case study, phenomenology, etc..) is the best fit for addressing your research problem.
  • Participant Selection: Describes who the participants are, how many participants, and how they will be selected. You may need to include site selection here. Justify your decisions (e.g., number of participants) with a rationale and by referring to similar research projects.
  • Data Collection: Lists data collection instruments and procedures (e.g., interviews, analytic memos, open-ended questionnaires, documents, and records)–describing and justifying each data collection type.  Tell us how each data collection type will help you to answer your research question(s).
  • Data Analysis: Includes the data analysis methods that will be used (For example, you might describe constant comparative method with initial coding followed by identifying major categories).
  • Ethics and Trustworthiness (Rigor): Determines methods for conducting ethical and rigorous qualitative or action research. How will you protect your participants from unnecessary risk? What benefit will they get? You have read about how rigor is established differently in qualitative research through trustworthiness (rigor in qualitative research) by addressing transferability, credibility, dependability, and confirmability. The methods (or steps) you plan to implement to achieve trustworthiness (or rigor) may be threaded through the subsections above (participant selection, data collection, data analysis) but you should write a separate sub-headed section to summarize your approach and steps to ensure ethical and rigorous research.
  • Support: Provide support for your decisions in all sections above by citing specialized methodology texts and articles, including but not limited to your texts and other required resources  
  • Reference list in APA format.  

Revise, proofread and edit your papers carefully. Please note that, particularly if you are still getting feedback on the mechanics of your writing, you should be using all of the provided resources to improve your writing, including the Graduate Online Writing Center to improve your writing over time. These resources are to support your growth and development in writing to prepare you for your dissertation. You must write clearly, concisely, and use correct grammar and APA style to be successful in your doctoral program.

Follow the assignment parameters and the rubric carefully.

Please note: this is a summative assessment of all module material up to this point.


Required Textbooks:

  • Anfara, V. A., Jr. & Mertz, N. T. (Eds.). (2014). Theoretical frameworks in qualitative research (2nd ed.). Sage. ISBN-13: 9781452282435
  • Bloomberg, L. D. & Volpe, M. (2018). Completing your qualitative dissertation: A roadmap from beginning to end (4th ed.). Sage. ISBN-13: 9781544336527
  • Leavy, P. (2017). Research design: Quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, arts-based, and community-based participatory research approaches. Guilford. ISBN-13: 9781462514380

Recommended Textbooks:

  • Flick, U. (2018). The Sage handbook of qualitative data collection. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 
  • Krueger, R. A., & Casey, M. A. (2014). Focus groups: A practical guide for applied research (5th ed.). Sage.  ISBN-13: 9781483365244
  • Kuckartz, U. (2014). Qualitative text analysis: A guide to methods, practice, and using software. Sage. ISBN-13: 9781446267752
  • Merriam, S. D. & Tisdell, E. (2016). Qualitative research: A guide to design and implementation (4th ed.). Jossey-Bass. ISBN-13: 9781119003618
  • Mertler, C. A. (Ed.). (2019). The Wiley handbook of action research in education. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell. 
  • Miles, M. B., Huberman, A. M., & Saldaña, J. (2019). Qualitative data analysis: A methods sourcebook (4th ed.). Sage. ISBN-13: 9781506353074
  • Seidman, I. (2019). Interviewing as qualitative research (5th ed.). Teachers College Press. ISBN-13: 9780807761489


Required Readings:

·   Shenton, A. K. (2004). Strategies for ensuring trustworthiness in qualitative research. Education for Information, 22, 63-75. 

Required Resources:

Recommended Readings:

Recommended Resources:

  • All Previous Resources

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