Qualitative Research Tool To be certified on the qualitative research tool, a student must submit a final paper of publishable quality in their field that demonstrates their competency in conducting research using qualitative methods. The paper must incorporate ample evidence that the student is competent in gathering, coding, analyzing, and interpreting qualitative data, which may include one or many of the following sources: ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ photographic/videographic/audio media participant observation field notes key informant interviews focus groups behavioral setting analyses unobtrusive measures archival data texts. To pass this tool, students must satisfy requirements in both conceptual and practical areas: 1. Evidence of mastery of the conceptual aspects of qualitative methods requires passing an appropriate course or workshop for 2 or more credits at CGU or another institution. 2. Evidence of mastery of the practical aspects of qualitative research requires participating in a qualitative study and producing a final research report of acceptable quality using these techniques. To be of acceptable quality, the report should include a description of: ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ The emic or etic assumptions of the research The theoretical perspective(s) used The population studies and the sampling techniques employed The data sources and methods of collection The analysis techniques employed resulting in a “trail of evidence” for the reader ¾ The study’s findings and conclusions ¾ The study’s limitations ¾ The practical and theoretical implications of the study Please note: Students should develop a qualitative research proposal prior to data collection, which outlines the theoretical background of the project, nature and scope of the research question, methods to be utilized, and potential findings of interest. This proposal should be signed off by the qualitative tool advisor prior to beginning the project.