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100 points (20%); 6-8 pages
You will develop a plan to conduct your own original research. The research proposal consists
of an introduction, literature review and methods section. The proposal will consist of the
following sections and information:
Introduction (1/2-1 page; 10 points)
Why is it important to conduct this study? Include a hook. You can use an interesting
statistic or you can identify a gap in the field.
What do you plan to investigate? State your research questions.
In a couple of sentences, tell the reader what methods you will use.
Literature Review (1-3 pages; assessment of prior research; 20 points)
What have other scholars written about your research topic? Summarize prior research.
Use direct quotes sparingly.
Describe your topic using at least five academic sources (5 points)
What are the strengths and weaknesses of past research for your research topic?
Include clear and pertinent conclusions about the implications of prior research for your
Methodology (2-5 pages; 50 points)
Tell the reader how you conducted your study and why.
Type of research
Orientation of the research
Independent and dependent variables
Conceptualizations of variables
Hypothesis and further explain what do you expect to find?
What is your proposed sample size? What are the characteristics of the population of
interest? Is the sample generalizable? Why and why not?
How would you recruit participants? Probability vs type of non-probability.
Research method (survey, interview, content analysis, observation, ethnography or other)
How would you conduct the method? For example, how and where would you conduct
the interview? How many hours observe? How did you take notes? How did you
administer the survey? Sample of units?
Discuss all the ethical standards must conduct and how you would adhere to them.
What are the benefits and disadvantages of using this method?
How will you analyze the data? Codes? (list beforehand or during analysis?) Quantitative
analysis? Analyze text literally, reflexively and/or interpretively?
Include a section at the end for the Questionnaire you would use. Ask demographics. If
content analysis explain sample of units and why selected or observation describe the site
and why selected. Describe site of observation. (10 points)
The following are requirements for this paper:
Must be typed, double-spaced, in 10-12 Font format, using Times Roman
or Arial with 1 inch margins and page numbers.
Include single spaced in the left hand side of the paper…
Title of Study (if you want; centered)
Make sure to submit both the paper and the data collected with the codes.
The assignment will be submitted on Canvas which will be checked for
plagiarism. In particular, papers will be submitted to a drop box located
under the “Research Proposal” link in the “Assignments” tab. Please make
sure that the document attaches and submits! If there is no attachment to
your submission, you will receive a zero. The drop box will close by the
end of the day it is due and no late assignments will be accepted unless
you have an extension. The assignment must be submitted through this
drop box to be graded. Emailed assignments will NOT be accepted.
Any “extensions” for assignments must be requested at least 48 hours in
advance of the day they are due and will only be granted for unforeseen
and unavoidable circumstances (i.e. death of a close family member, a
severe illness, etc.) and at the discretion of the instructor.
Use ASA Manual for questions pertaining to citations and bibliography.
Please refer to this link to help with citing and formatting the paper
Use the Writing Center (2nd floor of library) in preparing your papers – the
writing center support staff is very helpful.