Assessment item 3 - Short answers to research scenario-based questions
This assessment task is designed to test your understanding of key research concepts, and your ability to apply these understandings to a practice-based research scenario.
Read the short scenario below, then, answer the questions using your weekly and suggested readings as a guide. There is no one right answer to the questions. We are asking you to propose answers that show your understanding of: the specific implications of choosing and using qualitative or quantitative methodologies and methods; and, the consistency between the methodology and the other choices you make for sample size, ethics, methods, participants and dissemination methods.
Please set out each answer separately, with your answer set out under each question. IE Include Q1a text, then, your answer underneath; then Q2a text, then your answer underneath etc
Each answer should be in paragraph form, not a set of dot points. You must use references to scholarly sources – at a minimum from your textbook and from the suggested readings list - to support your answers. You must use APA 7th referencing format throughout the assignment.
The word limit is 2500 words, excluding the references and headings above each answer. Use the weighting of the marks for each question as a guide to how long each answer should be.
Salma is a diploma qualified educator and room leader with children aged 3 to 5 years in a standalone, community-run preschool in a regional area. The preschool is open in school term time only, opening to children and families at 8am and closing at 4pm. There are three classrooms. In each room the 3-4 year olds come for Monday and Tuesday, then the 4-5 year olds come for Wednesday-Friday each week, during term time.
Salma has been observing the children’s dramatic play in term one, and in term two she wants to do some research to understand more about the roles the children take during their dramatic play inside. There is a dramatic play area in her classroom that she has set up to resemble a home – with a kitchen, dining area, and baby’s bedroom.
Consult Module 3 readings.
Think about what sort of information you will be trying to gather, and what methodology will best suit this. Your research question should match the methodology you are using to guide the study.
Consult Module 2 readings.
Think about the methodology you have chosen and what sample size is appropriate for this type of question.
Consult Module 5 readings.
Consult Module 6 readings.
Consult Modules 3-5.
Consult Module 8 readings.
Consider what is appropriate to the
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