In the final required background readings for this module, you were asked to read one theoretical article and one empirical research article that are cited by the authors of the review article that you read to support one of their main points. With regard to those two articles, (theoretical and empirical), please write a paper in which you do the following:
Identify and categorize a primary research question in each article, and explain how the authors of each article justify their research question based on prior theory and research.
For each article:
1. Identify ONE primary research question in each article.
2. Explain how you determined that it is a primary question – do the authors explicitly state it as being their primary research question? If not, what evidence is there that this is their primary research question?
3. Explain how the authors justify their research question based on prior theory and research. This should be the primary emphasis of your paper.
4. Finally, briefly categorize each research question according to the third required reading by Voss (2003), i.e. does the question represent incremental, modular, architectural, or radical innovation, and why? Draw support from the article itself and also from Voss (2003) [Note: Although Voss created the three categories in relation to marketing, they apply conceptually to research questions in other fields as well.]
1. Length: 3-4 pages of double-spaced, 12-point font text, plus cover and reference page.
2. Structure: You can address each of the five assignment expectations for each paper in a bulleted Q&A list format, or in an integrative, narrative style.
3. Citations: Support each point that you make in your assessment with a citation.
4. Style: APA format.
There are three sections of required readings in this module. The first focuses on identifying research questions in theoretical and empirical research articles and exploring the connections between those research questions and their theoretical foundations. The second section provides an overview of several key types of academic articles, and introduces academic review articles as one of those types. You will select and read one review article from a list of options provided. In the third section, you will then select and read one theoretical article and one empirical research article that is cited in the review article that you read.
I. The Nature of Research Questions
In the case and SLP assignments we are going to focus on identifying the research questions in an academic article, and how those questions relate to an article’s theoretical foundations. The authors of an academic article might explicitly identify their research questions, but often they do not. When research questions are not explicitly stated, they have to be discerned from statements that the authors make about the purpose(s) of their paper.
Here are three different approaches to categorizing research questions. You will be asked to draw upon all three in your case and SLP assignments in this module:
First, and simplest, is Trochim’s (2006) trio of descriptive, relational, and causal types of research
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