Methods Used in Quantitative Research

As you have explored this week, there are various methods a researcher may use to engage in quantitative research design. While the methods presented this week are not exhaustive, they do introduce numerous features that you will likely encounter when reviewing, accessing, and researching the nursing practice literature. Whether you are creating new research or searching the literature to add support for a research question you are interested in, understanding the quantitative research designs that may be used for nursing practice will likely inform how you will conduct research for your health care setting. As you continue to build upon your research skills as a nursing researcher and professional, understanding how to engage in quantitative research design is a valuable asset.

For this Assignment, view this week’s Quantitative Research Design PowerPoint webinar and pay close attention to its content on the basic elements of research methods (e.g., sample, data collection, measurement, analysis). Then, be sure to review the two research studies by Sand-Jekline and Sherman (2014) and Steelman, Graling, and Perkhounkova (2013), included in this week’s resources. Note: While not a required resource, you might find the definitions in the Encyclopedia of Nursing Research helpful for this assignment.

This assignment involves identifying and describing the strengths and weaknesses of the research method used in both the Sand-Jekline and Sherman (2014) and Steelman, Graling, and Perkhounkova (2013) research articles in this week’s resources. Use a separate copy of the Journal Club Template for Quantitative Research to enter this information for each research study in this week’s resources. The template includes a column for each element, beginning with a column to describe the sample used in the study. Be brief, paraphrase and summarize each of the elements clearly on the grid.

Note: You will be submitting two Journal Club Templates for Quantitative Research for this Assignment; one for the Sand-Jekline and Sherman (2014) article and one for the Steelman, Graling, and Perkhounkova (2013) article.

 

Journal Club Template for Quantitative Research

 

Identify and describe the strengths and weaknesses of the research method used in both research articles in this week’s resources. Use a separate copy of the Journal Club Template for Quantitative Research to enter this information for each research study in this week’s resources. The template includes a column for each element, beginning with a column to describe the sample used in the study. Be brief, paraphrase and summarize each of the elements clearly on the grid.

 

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