To get started in this class, select a topic of research interest within your chosen area of study (e.g., I/O, Forensics, Health, General, Educational, etc.).
Post a discussion in which you briefly describe potential qualitative research questions along with how your research topic fits with one of the four goals of research that you read about this week. ****(In psychology, much like most of the sciences, there are fundamental goals that everyone is working toward in some way shape or form. These four main goals, broadly described are 1) to describe (the what), 2) to explain (the why), 3) to predict (the when), and ultimately 4) to effectively control or change behavior (the how)****
Explain how your topic aligns itself more readily with the use of either a qualitative or quantitative approach to research? Provide a thorough and complete rationale for your answer. Now, think of how you might reframe your research question to one that aligns with a quantitative approach. How would this work? What might you uncover here that you might not be able to if you were using a qualitative approach? How might the goals of the research change with a quantitative approach?
You will be able to revisit this discussion thread throughout the course to continue the dialog with your professor. You will be able to ask any questions that may arise and continue to explore this weeks topic.
Length: Content post 350-500 words
Your discussion entry and possible responses should reflect a collegial attitude, be free of grammar and spelling errors, and include the criteria mentioned above. Be certain to cite any sources or references in your discussion post as well.