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Research Methods Project

The primary research question and topic that is of concern for the classroom that will be researched in this paper is how children change over time throughout their academic experiences and to what degree earlier developmental patterns and experiences can predict future growth and development in the child.

Need help with the following questions for the above research topic:

a. Participants (half a page): Who do you plan on studying? How many people? Are you studying a specific group (e.g., state, age group, gender)? Be specific about your data sample.

b. Data Collection Methods (half a page): Which methods do you plan on using (e.g., conducting interviews, focus groups, surveys)? How do you plan on conducting your study? Describe the procedures.

c. Action Plan (two pages): Describe two phases of interventions. Indicate possible scenarios and corresponding adjustments.

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a. Participants (half a page): Who do you plan on studying? How many people? Are you studying a specific group (e.g., state, age group, gender)? Be specific about your data sample.

To make this a manageable study, I would suggest using participants in a very small subset of the total school-aged population. My suggestion would be to include participants in one school district/system that you are familiar with. (This would likely be your hometown or the town in which your university is located.) Be specific in your participant sample. If this study is quantitative, your sample has to be random; therefore, you should write something like this:

The participants include 100 randomly selected high school seniors from the XX School System in XX who have attended school in the XX School System since kindergarten. The students are a mixture of male and female students, and all are between seventeen and eighteen years of age.

Should you decide to use a ...

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This solution discusses how to compose a research proposal for a study in education. It is an outline of how to organize either a quantitative or qualitative research study of students' development over time.

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