Critical Qualitative Research Design

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Ravitch, S. M., & Carl, N. M. (2016). Qualitative research: Bridging the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Chapter 2, “Using Conceptual Frameworks in Research” (pp. 33–63)
  • Chapter 3, “Critical Qualitative Research Design” (pp. 65–110) (focus on pp. 85–89)

Rubin, H. J., & Rubin, I. S. (2012). Qualitative interviewing: The art of hearing data (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Chapter 1, “Listening, Hearing, and Sharing” (pp. 1–11)
  • Chapter 2, “Research Philosophy and Qualitative Interviews” (pp. 13–24)

Walden University Writing Center. (2015). Common course assignments: Annotated bibliographies. Retrieved from


Use this website to help you as you create your Annotated Bibliography for your Major Assignment 1.

Walden University. (n.d.). How do I write an annotated bibliography? Retrieved from


Use this website to help you as you create your Annotated Bibliography for your Major Assignment 1.

Walden University Writing Center. (2012, October 30). Weathering the storm…of problem statements [Blog post]. Retrieved from


Use this website to help you as you write your problem statement for your Major Assignment 1.

Walden University Library. (n.d.). Course guide and assignment help for RSCH 8310. Retrieved from

Document: Video Field Notes Guide (Word document)


Use this guide to help you as you take notes for your Scholar of Change video.

Document: Major Assignment 1: Developing a Research Topic for a Qualitative Study Overview and Guidelines (PDF)


Use this document to guide you as you develop Part 1 for this Major Assignment.

Theoretical Lens

Conroy, N. E. (2013). Rethinking adolescent peer sexual harassment: Contributions of feminist theory. Journal of School Violence, 12(4), 340–356.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Ross, J. D., Clarke, A., & Kettles, A. M. (2014). Mental health nurse prescribing: Using a constructivist approach to investigate the nurse-patient relationship. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 2(1), 1–10.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Stahl, B., Doherty, N., Shaw, M., & Janicke, H. (2014). Critical theory as an approach to the ethics of information security. Science & Engineering Ethics, 20(3), 675–699.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks

Grant, C., & Osanloo, A. (2014). Understanding, selecting, and integrating a theoretical framework in dissertation research: Creating the blueprint for your “house.” Administrative Issues Journal: Connecting Education, Practice, and Research, 4(2), 12–26.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases


Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2016). Theoretical lens and frameworks for qualitative researchers [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.


Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 3 minutes.


In this media program, Dr. Annie Pezalla, Associate Director, Center for Research Quality, Walden University, discusses the theoretical lens in qualitative research as well as the frameworks necessary for a qualitative approach.

Scholar of Change Video #2

Kundert, J. (2012). Battling drug addiction in the heartland [Video file].


Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 2 minutes.


In this media program, Jackie Kundert describes how Walden gave her the confidence to use her own family trauma to help and inspire others in her community. As you observe, take notes using the Video Field Notes Guide.

Discussion 1: Looking
From a Theoretical Lens Perspective

Learning Resources
The language of qualitative research can be confusing. The words sound like regular English, but they have very particular meanings. To make the language even more complicated, the definitions can vary across different qualitative methodological scholars.

For the purpose of this course, distinctions between three important concepts should be considered:

  1. Theoretical lens: the position the researcher takes to identify what kind of knowledge (ontology) and knowledge process (epistemology) they will use for their study. The position directs the choice of research approach, procedures, and interpretative framework.
  • Examples: Interpretivism, constructivism, critical theory, feminist theory

Theoretical framework: the use of constructs and propositions a recognized theory (or theories) to a research problem, purpose, and question.

  • Examples: Social Influence theory, transformational leadership theory, game theory

Conceptual framework: the construction of ideas, assumptions, and beliefs sourced in both the literature and one’s own experience, which identify the main concepts that guide the formulation of the research problem, purpose, and question.

  • Examples: Concepts from positive psychology, mindfulness meditation, language development models

For this Discussion, you will examine the theoretical lens perspective.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review the Learning Resources related to the use of a theoretical lens to guide the examination of a research problem in qualitative research.

By Day 3

Post an explanation of the role of a theoretical lens in qualitative research and provide examples from the resources you read. Use proper APA format and citations to support your post.

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