Research –

The ability to read, understand, critique, and integrate research studies and to design a study to address a gap in the research literature is a vital tool. As you write your, you may be reading hundreds of studies, many of which you will evaluate as part of a coherent literature review.

Select 5 empirical articles from peer-reviewed journals that:

  • you consider critical to your understanding of your area of your research (ethics and absenteeism)
  • all address a particular phenomenon and attempt to contribute to theory about it
  • Part 1

    1. Describe each study, including:

  • the research problem, questions, or hypotheses
  • the research purpose
  • type of design and elements of the design (e.g., sample, data analysis,
  • operationalization of constructs)

  • threats to validity and if and how they were addressed
  • the findings and their implications
  • 2. Critically evaluate each study: Does the author make a compelling case for the meaning and significance of the findings?

    Part 2

    Write a literature review that explains what is known and not known about the phenomenon based on a critical evaluation of the five studies.

    Part 3

    Develop a research question that addresses one of the unknowns you identified in Part 2 and sketch a qualitative study that can answer the question about what is unknown and contribute to theory (in some sense of theory you discuss in Question 1).


  • the research purpose
  • type of design and elements of the design (e.g., sample, the type of data you need
  • to collect and how you will collect it, data analysis)

  • the strengths and weaknesses of your envisioned design and methods
  • quantitative: threats to validity and how your design will address them
  • quantitative: the constructs you will measure and what you will do in order to
  • determine how to operationalize them (you need not identify specific measures)

  • qualitative: your means of ensuring the quality of your findings
  • justification for why your chosen design and methods are more appropriate for your
  • research question than alternatives you have considered

  • your methods of data analysis
  • how the data you collect will enable you to answer your research question and
  • contribute to theory

    (e.g., internal validity, threats to validity, and operationalization) needed to address this


    The structure of your paper should be as follows:

    Body (15 pages, no more; APA Style; use appropriate headings for organization of the paper)

    References (APA Style)

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