Nolen and Talbert Publish in Educational Psychology Review




The primary question regarding prescriptive appropriateness is a difficult one to
answer for the qualitative researcher. While there are certainly qualitative researchers who
have offered prescriptive protocols to better define and describe the terrain of qualitative
research design and there are qualitative researchers who offer research conclusions that
might be considered prescriptive by the reader, the nature of qualitative research tends to
avoid the prescriptive statement in the research findings. Instead, a transparent process of
research design, theoretical framework application or construction, participant population/
sample identification, and data collection/analysis are revealed throughout the research
manuscript leading not to prescriptive findings but rather to asserted outcomes that are
carefully communicated to the reader within the context of the research design and

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