|Due By (Pacific Time)
||01/02/2017 11:00 pm
Analysis of Quantitative and Qualitative Data
In order to provide meaningful results, research processes must be carefully selected and appropriate for the data being analyzed. Statistical programs such as SPSS are frequently utilized by researchers to conduct the analysis of large data sets. These data are organized to provide meaningful interpretation and often include descriptive statistics. Qualitative analysis is completed using content analysis, looking for patterns and themes that emerge from the data. Individual experiences described in interviews and focus groups are considered data and are often provided as examples to support the results in the study publication. Whether you will engage in either quantitative or qualitative research, it is likely that you will encounter both types of studies in the literature. As a nursing professional, being able to analyze and interpret both types of research designs will be important to affect nursing practice that promotes positive health outcomes in
quality of care and patient safety.
For this Assignment, you will conduct descriptive statistical analyses using quantitative data and then conduct content coding to analyze qualitative data. Please review the Instructions: Quantitative Analysis Assignment in this week’s resources to review how to complete this Assignment.
Part 2: Qualitative Analyses
For this part of the Assignment, you first need to access the document located in this week’s resources that includes the narrative descriptions of 10 students about their “pet peeves’ in courses they have taken. (In other words, what are the things that detracted from their learning experiences in these courses)? The analytic method you will use to analyze the narrative data for this Assignment is called content analysis. It requires you to read each student’s narrative and then code its content using thematic categories on a coding sheet. The document provides detailed instructions on the step-by-step process of conducting the content analysis. For the written part of this assignment, you will need to describe the most common types of “pet peeves” that students have about their courses.
By Day 7
Submit both your Part I: Quantitative Analysis and Part II: Qualitative Analysis components.