University of Phoenix Research Assignment

For this assignment you will begin to grow as a scholar and researcher by relying on scholarly texts and resources and not the textbooks required for this course. It is important to note that as a general rule, textbooks are not scholarly resources because they do not contain original research. Search the library for peer-reviewed journal articles or texts that discuss the four paradigms listed below; complete the assignment based on the information you find in the library.



Babbie, E. (2016). The practice of social research (14th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Glesne, C. (2016). Becoming qualitative researchers: An introduction (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Ravitch, S. M., & Riggan, M. (2017). Reason & rigor: How conceptual frameworks guide research. Thousand Oaks: CA. Sage.

Thomas, G. (2013). How to do your research project: A guide for students in education and applied social sciences. London: Sage.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper comparing and contrasting the following research paradigms:

  • Positivist
  • Interpretivist
  • Critical
  • Pragmatic

Address the following questions:

  • What are the similar parts and different parts for each of these paradigms?
  • What research methodologies are employed in each paradigm?

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