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This posting summarizes "Understanding the Parent Education Needs of Incarcerated Fathers" from http://eric.ed.gov/ERICDocs/data/ericdocs2/content_storage_01/0000000b/80/26/2b/f6.pdf and answers the following questions. Pls. answer all 14 questions!

1. What is the focus/topic of the article?
2. Why does the author feel that it is important to study this topic area?
3. How does the author communicate the need to study this topic in the introduction section?
4. What is the primary research question or hypothesis of this research project?
5. How many research articles does the author cite in the body of this paper?
6. What are the benchmark studies which are referenced in the body of this paper?
7. Why is it important for the author to review these benchmark studies in the context of this paper?
8. How does a researcher begin the process of identifying research topics or problems that are feasible for examination via the educational research process?
9. How would you go about completing this process?
10. How does a researcher turn a real-world problem or issue into a research question / hypothesis?
11. What are the necessary components of a functional research question / hypothesis?
12. When developing a literature review, how does a researcher determine which materials should be included in their literature review and which materials should not be included?
13. How does a researcher determine the number of reference materials to be included in a literature review?
14. What is the overall function or purpose of the literature review?

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1. What is the focus/topic of the article?

Focus on how the study deals with incarcerated fathers, their educational needs, their relationships with their children, how fatherhood influences their lives, and/or their unique parenting concerns.

2. Why does the author feel that it is important to study this topic area?

Articulate how the author feels the need to understand this target parent group and how their needs differ from other parents. We also need to recognize the impact upon children of incarcerated parents. Notice how it is important to provide parent education to these fathers.

3. How does the author communicate the need to study this topic in the introduction section?

The author conveys the importance by citing the attention given to fatherlessness and deadbeat dads. He also provides concrete statistics of the number of children with incarcerated parents. He reveals that these fathers have requested parent education to improve their skills.

4. What is the primary research question or hypothesis of this research project?

The following include ...

Solution Summary

This posting highlights parts of the process.

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