I have chosen the research question “Why are there
less women in the construction industry?”.
I chose this question because it is a common issue in the industry. The ability to understand the answer to the
question may help me in developing a better method of recruiting women into the
construction industry. The three research designs that can be used on
this paper would be qualitative, quantitative, and a mixed method of the
two. I would choose the qualitive
research design because it this design uses open ended questions and direct
observations. This would allow utilization
of a pattern from decade to decade of how the information was documented and
received. Qualitative design would allow
me to bring my personal values and experiences to the paper. This design is better known for helping
someone understand the issue and explore why it is the topic of the paper.
The Quantitative design would work for this research
question as well; however, it is used mainly to test a theory and the topic I
chose is factual and not theory. This
design would allow both the open-ended questions and the closed ended ones. The quantitative design allows for theories and
tests instead of personal values and concepts.
Quantitative design would narrow my searches down to only experimental
and survey designs. This design I would
find more helpful if I were to ask a question such as “what makes a banana
The mixed method would be a design that would blend both
quantitative and qualitative together.
This method allows for the use of both quantitative and qualitative data
to form the strategy of the research. It
will allow the use of data at different stages and allow the subject to reflect
on time as part of the research. This
method should be used when the other two are not able to meet the need within
the perimeters of the research.
In conclusion, all three of the designs could be used in a
research paper. The design of the paper
would be the preference of the writer and the research question. The author would have to determine how they
wanted to present the information gathered and how what they would like the
reader to understand about the report.
The design is a preference unless it is stated by the professor that a
certain design be used and that may change the research question all together.