Research Proposal

Stage 4: Complete Research Proposal

Take your approved outline, and use it to develop a full APA-style research proposal. Please keep in mind how important it is to use course terms (e.g., statistic, sample, research, and theory, variable) correctly, to demonstrate critical thinking in your selection and synthesis of relevant research articles, and to follow directions and use APA style precisely. It is vital to your success in this assignment that you are directly and thoroughly responsive to all feedback given to date.

Format:

Follow APA style precisely. Include all required elements (listed above) in the order listed above.

Contents:

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1. Cover sheet

2. Abstract (150–200 words)

3. Key words (5–7 key terms)

4. Introduction section (1–2 pages)

· Introduce the topic, establishing its context

· Justify the significance of studying the topic

· State your research question and hypothesis

· Identify and briefly describe the proposed research design

· Provide a “roadmap” of the rest of the paper

5. Literature Review section (3–7 pages of text)

· Start with the level-1 APA-style heading “Literature Review”

· Provide an introductory paragraph for the section

· Include a level-2 APA-style subheading “Existing Research”

· Summarize your five research articles topic by topic rather than study by study, covering these six topics for each article

· Research question(s)/hypothesis (or hypotheses)

· Theoretical framework/orientation

· Research design

· Sampling

· Independent and dependent variable measurement

· Key findings

· Include a level-2 APA-style subheading “Summary of the Existing Research”

· Synthesize the five studies in such a way as to lead logically to your hypothesis and research design in the next section.

6. Methodology section (3-6 pages)

· Start with the level-1 APA-heading “Methodology”

· Drawing from your literature review, articulate the hypothesis to be tested in your research proposal

· Identify and describe the research design you will use to test your hypothesis, and explain why this research design is the most appropriate. Research designs options include experiment, survey, and content analysis.

· Include a level-2 APA-style subheading “Sampling”

· Propose an appropriate, specific sampling design

· Identify your population

· Identify your unit of analysis

· Specify your targeted sample size

· Include a level-2 APA-style subheading “Measurements”

· Provide an introductory paragraph to this subsection

· Include a level-3 APA-style subheading “Dependent variable”

· Specify the name of your key dependent variable

· Identify its categories and codes

· Include a level-3 APA-style subheading “Independent variable”

· Specify the name of your key independent variable

· Identify its categories and codes

· Include a level-3 APA-style subheading “Control variables”

· One at a time, specify the name of at least two logical control variables

· In the same order, identify their categories and codes

· Include a level-2 APA-style subheading “Limitations”; cover causality, validity, reliability, and ethics

· Discuss the prsed study’s potential strengths in at least one paragraph

· Discuss the proposed study’s potential weaknesses in at least one paragraph

7. References