Assignment: Critiquing Quantitative, Qualitative, or Mixed Methods Studies Critiquing the validity and robustness of research featured in journal articles provides a critical foundation for engaging in evidence-based practice. In Weeks 5 and 6, you explored quantitative research designs. In Week 7, you will examine qualitative and mixed methods research designs. For this Assignment, which is due by Day 7 of Week 7, you critique a quantitative and either a qualitative or a mixed methods research study and compare the types of information obtained in each. To prepare: • Select a health topic of interest to you that is relevant to your current area of Nursing practice. • Locate two articles in scholarly journals that deal with your topic: 1) Select one article that utilizes a quantitative research design and 2) select a second article that utilizes either a qualitative OR a mixed methods design. These need to be single studies not systematic or integrative reviews (including meta-analysis and metasynthesis). You may use research articles from your reference list. If you cannot find these two types of research on your portfolio topic, you may choose another topic. • Locate the following documents in this week’s Learning Resources to access the appropriate templates, which will guide your critique of each article: Document: Critique Template for a Qualitative Study (Word document) Note: You will use this document to complete this week’s Assignment. Document: Critique Template for a Quantitative Study (Word document) Note: You will use this document to complete this week’s Assignment. Document: Critique Template for a Mixed-Methods Study (Word document) Note: You will use this document to complete this week’s Assignment. • Consider the fields in the templates as you review the information in each article. Begin to draft a paper in which you analyze the two research approaches as indicated below. Reflect on the overall value of both quantitative and qualitative research. If someone were to say to you, “Qualitative research is not real science,” how would you respond? To complete this Assignment: • Complete the two critiques using the appropriate templates. • Write a 2- to 3-page paper that addresses the following: • Contrast the types of information that you gained from examining the two different research approaches in the articles that you selected. o Describe the general advantages and disadvantages of the two research approaches featured in the articles. Use examples from the articles for support. o Formulate a response to the claim that qualitative research is not real science. Highlight the general insights that both quantitative and qualitative studies can provide to researchers. Support your response with references to the Learning Resources and other credible sources. • Combine all three parts of this assignment into one Word document including both critique templates and the narrative with your references. Submit this combined document. This is how the Paper should be Presented: Brief introduction is needed. Use Headings Related to Each Topic to Discuss Now you can write 8-10 statements about the topic here. Be sure to add support throughout! Continue to Use Headings to Discuss Each Topic Continue to address the next topic. Be sure to use good transition statements as you proceed. As always, bring in support from learning resources, course video, and reliable outside sources. Be sure to format properly within content of post. Check out Writing Center and parenthetical and in-text citations. Summary Summarize main points presented in post Aim for 5 sentences in summary. Do not introduce anything new in a summary. References Be sure to list references in alphabetical order per APA. See common reference list examples in Writing Center resources on how to cite properly in APA various resources such as books, journal articles,and more. IMPORTANT INFORMATION In-text citations should match the references Please use only Peer-Reviewed articles of not longer than 5 years old ***(I HAVE ATTACHED THE THREE TEMPLATES. YOU WILL NEED TO USE TWO OF THEM)*** These are links to the templates Document: Critique Template for a Qualitative Study (Word document) Note: You will use this document to complete this week’s Assignment. Document: Critique Template for a Quantitative Study (Word document) Note: You will use this document to complete this week’s Assignment. Document: Critique Template for a Mixed-Methods Study (Word document) Note: You will use this document to complete this week’s Assignment. Please Use Proper APA formatting in the discussion. Please Use at least 3 References. Required Readings Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2017). Nursing research: Generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice (10th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer. • Chapter 10, “Rigor and Validity in Quantitative Research” This chapter introduces the concept of validity in research and describes the different types of validity that must be addressed. Key threats to validity are also explored. • Chapter 11, “Specific Types of Quantitative Research” This chapter focuses on the specific types of quantitative research that can be selected. The focus is on the purpose of the research rather than the research design. These include such approaches as clinical trials, evaluation research, health services and outcomes research, needs assessments, or replication studies. Cantrell, M. A. (2011). Demystifying the research process: Understanding a descriptive comparative research design. Pediatric Nursing, 37(4), 188–189. The author of this article discusses the primary aspects of a prominent quantitative research design. The article examines the advantages and disadvantages of the design. Schultz, L. E., Rivers, K. O., & Ratusnik, D. L. (2008). The role of external validity in evidence-based practice for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Psychology, 53(3), 294–302.