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Research Proposal Topic

Students need to select and present their own researchable topic for the research proposal in this course.

Complete exercises 1-9 on page 76 in the text to help you select a topic. Then, number 10 should be the topic and the problem statement for the topic that you have chosen for your research proposal and are submitting for approval by the course professor. Exercises 1-10 should be completed in a word document and submitted through the link provided in Unit I.

Example of a Problem Statement can be found on p.43 - Students need to identify a very specific problem within the stated topic. Do not let that problem be too broad (narrow it down to a specific problem that is researchable). Present that problem in a general statement about the specific need for the study. Why is the problem important enough to study? Estimated length - one paragraph.

These are questions from page 76 from the book.

1. Make a list of ten research topics that you would find interesting to pursue. These topics can be any topics dealing with education or psychology which you might glean from newspaper, radio and television news, magazine, research journals and even over board conversation. Rank these ideas by levels of interest and for each of the top five write one sentence explaining why it appeals to you.

2. Take the idea that you ranked no.1 above and do the following:

a) Write a one paragraph description of a study that incorporates the idea.
b) List the steps you could take in reviewing the specific literature relevant to the topic.
c) From this idea, generate three more questions derived from the original questions or idea.

3. Use the idea that you ranked no.2 above and do the following:

a) Locate a related reference from a journal and write out the complete citation.
b) Locate an abstract from the study that focuses the topic.

4. Find ten other sources of information about any of the topics you ranked in exercise 1 above and write out the complete citation of each. Try to complete a set of other sources that is as diverse as possible.

5. Go to your library and find five journals in your field of study. After you have located the journals, examine them to determine:

a) What types of articles published (review of literature, empirical studies etc)
b) Whether the journal is published by a professional organization (such as American Psychological Association) or by a private group (such as SAGE press)
c) The number of articles in each journal and if there is any similarity in the topic ares covered within each of the journals.
d) How often the journal is published and other information about its editorial policies (eg. guidelines, features)

6. Select any topic that you are interested in and use three different search engines to obtain online information. How do the result differ? Which one gave you the most interesting and useful information?
How might you revise your research terms to get the same degree of usefulness from other search engines?

7. Find three abstracts from the recent research journals. For each abstract identify the following:

a) Purpose
b) The hypothesis
c) The type of study (correlation, experimental)
d) The conclusion

8. You have been assigned the topic of gender differences in adolescent development for a research study. Formulate five research questions that address this topic.

9. Use the internet to find five references on any of the topics in which you have an interest (as defined in earlier questions.)

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1. Make a list of ten research topics that you would find interesting to pursue. These topics can be any topics dealing with education or psychology which you might glean from newspaper, radio and television news, magazine, research journals and even over board conversation. Rank these ideas by levels of interest and for each of the top five write one sentence explaining why it appeals to you.

1. State testing and impact on children - A lot of children are tested on knowledge and skills that impact their schools.
2. Are the state tests giving real results - Are we getting a clear picture of the student needs and learning with a one size fits all test?
3. Why do more people use guns during crimes? - We read about people using guns in crimes more than any other weapon.
4. Is society listening to itself? - During this election year, the comments are vicious among supporters of both parties and people are starting to doubt their value in their beliefs. How will this affect us?
5. How are the current wars affecting our homecoming soldiers and their lives differently? - They see horror and deal with people from a completely different culture and have issues like PTSD.
6. Can we educate children in cultural diversity from a young age even if home influences do not agree?
7. Is it time to make PTSD mainstream?
8. Making sense of parental non involvement in schools
9. Dealing with autistic children in the classroom
10. Strike in Chicago and children

2. Take the idea that you ranked no.1 above and do the following:

a) Write a one paragraph description of a study that incorporates the idea.

As states continue to test children based on requirements of the federal government, people, including some state leaders, have been concerned. The tests are not individualized or responsive to student needs or ways of learning. The tests can cause a child with good grades to fail. In many areas, the test scores can help or cause problems for schools, teachers, and school districts. Children have to be 'pumped up' to take these tests. We know how stressful the tests and test outcomes are for adults and schools, but how does it affect the children who take them?

b) List the steps you could take in reviewing the specific literature relevant to the topic.

1. Review the current literature on grades and outcomes for regions and age groups.
2. Find any literature that focuses on needs of children during this time.
3. Identify any articles that deal with conflict and resolution during the run up to and during the testing dates.
4. Identify any other studies that focus on the impact of these tests on children, especially those below middle school grades.
5. Put any that deal with children from each of these categories into a bibliography.
6. Identify the sources these articles used for further information
7. Read all the ...

Solution Summary

Research proposal help is provided. The idea that you ranked number 1 above is determined.

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