Application- Week 8
Begin: Three Abbreviated Research Plans
This Application begins the next multi-week activity in
which you will complete three abbreviated research plans—one each for
quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.
You will develop these abbreviated research plans based on a
research problem scenario provided by your program. The purpose for this is to
allow you to explore a single research problem from three different approaches
so that you may better understand differences between the approaches.
Over each successive week, you will focus on a specific
approach culminating in a refined document:
This week, Week 8,
you will develop an abbreviated quantitative research plan and submit the draft
for instructor feedback.
This Week: Submit
Draft of Abbreviated Quantitative Research Plan
You will apply
quantitative research methods when you develop an abbreviated quantitative
research plan that seeks to answer your research problem and research
To prepare for this
Application, first focus on the following instructions:
Review Chapter 8 in
the course text, Research Design, the "Threats to Internal Validity"
handout, and the "Quantitative Methods: Examples" media segment.
Consult Table 8.1 (p. 147) and/or Table 8.4 (p. 156) in the course text, Research
Design, to guide you in polishing your abbreviated quantitative research plan.
Access the list of research problem scenarios in the Learning Resources. Find
the research problem scenario for your discipline. You will work with this same
scenario for the next three weeks.
Based on your discipline's research problem scenario, create a problem
Draft an introduction
for your abbreviated research plan.
Next, ask yourself the following questions:
What are your research questions? To what extent can you
test them? How would you justify the viability of your questions?
What are your hypotheses? How would you test them?
Why would this design be the most appropriate for answering
the research questions? Conversely, why would qualitative and mixed methods
designs not be appropriate?
What quantitative approach would you select for this study?
Why is the approach the most appropriate one for answering the research
What theoretical framework or perspective would you use?
What is your target population? How would you identify and
recruit participants? What factors would contribute to determining appropriate
sample size? You will not need to calculate sample size for this assignment.
What are the independent and dependent variables?
If appropriate for your plan, what instruments might you
What data collection procedures might you use? Why would
those be the most appropriate methods to use? How would that data help to
answer your research question(s)/hypotheses?
What are threats to validity? How might you mitigate them?
How might you analyze the data?
What are the ethical considerations related to the plan?
Craft a 2- to 3-page
paper in which you do the following:
Provide a purpose
research questions and hypotheses.
Generate a written
research plan that addresses the above questions.
Our application this
week is a draft of a quantitative methodology research plan. We will all
be using the same topic, however please note that once again the Word document
posted in the learning resources section does not include a topic for
psychology. Instead, we will all be using the topic posted
below. In the upcoming weeks we will also develop qualitative and
mixed-methods plans using this same topic. The topic we will use for all
three plans is:
Stress pervades many
areas of life. Whether it is stress from relationships, work, school, or the
social environment, research has shown that it can have a profound impact on
mental health, physical well-being, productivity, performance, and decision
making. Research on cognitive appraisals, coping, and social support has also
provided insight into how people view and manage stress.
Once again, we will
be using this scenario for the research plans you will develop in Weeks 8, 9,