I’m working on a sociology writing question and need an explanation to help me understand better.
- 4-5 pages
- Include 1 to 3 references
- Create a title (if you haven’t already)
1) Research question and/or hypothesis (2 point)
- State your research question and/or your hypothesis for your proposed study. If you are proposing a qualitative project, then use a research question, if you are proposing a quantitative project, then use a hypothesis. Mixed methods ok.
2) Research design (8 points)
- Choose a research design and explain how you will use that design to test your hypothesis and/or explore your research question.
- You may combine research designs.
- Describe why you chose that design(s) instead of a different design(s).
Quantitative research designs:
- Case control
- Group research designs
Qualitative research designs:
- Grounded theory
- Case study
- Action Oriented
3) Sample (5 points):
- Pick a sampling procedure and describe how you will use that procedure to obtain your sample.
- You may combine different types of sampling procedures.
- How many people do you anticipate having in your sample?
- How will they be invited to participate?
- If you are using administrative/secondary data, what are the sample parameters, meaning the date range for the data you are using, and what is the data used for in the organization?
- Random sampling
- Convenience sampling
Data collection and ethical considerations (10 points): Describe the following:
- Name the type of data you will use:
- Administrative/secondary data
- Focus groups
If you are proposing data collection with people, explain what participants will be asked to do, including specific details such as:
- The content areas that they will be asked about either through qualitative data collection or survey. The specific questions are not needed, rather a description of the areas that will be asked about
- Where the data collection will take place
- How long the data collection will take
- Describe how the data will be recorded and stored to maintain confidentiality
If you are proposing data collection with people:
- Describe how informed consent will be obtained, including these key details:
- No negative consequences for withdrawal from the study or declining to answer specific questions
- Describe potential benefits and risks
- Will compensation be provided?
- Describe how confidentiality will be maintained including (as applicable):
- Removing names or other identifying information from sample lists or transcripts (if applicable)
- Not including names or other identifying information in any written document
If you are proposing data collection from administrative or secondary data sources:
- Describe where the data will come from and how you would go about obtaining it.
- Describe how the data will be de-identified so that no names or other identifying information appear in the dataset.
- Describe how the data will be stored to maintain confidentiality
All papers should describe how the proposed project addresses the following three key domains of ethical research:
- Respect for persons: all participants treated with respect and their autonomy is protected. Researchers are truthful.
- Beneficence: The research study needs to have a purpose that leads to a benefit for society (with doing no harm)
- Justice: The fair distribution of procedures to participants (or potential participant)
Your writing, citation & references will be also considered in grading (5 points):
– Language Use
- Clear, direct style, precision and clarity
- Variety of sentence patterns used correctly
- Words appropriate to tone and meaning/ avoidance of slang, trite, informal language
- Avoid excessive direct quotation/ avoid “dropped-in” quotes
– Paragraph Integrity
- Introduction functions appropriately
- Each paragraph has a focused topic sentence and clear purpose (refer to content)
- Paragraphs are organized, unified and adequately developed
- Transitions used to establish coherent flow of ideas
- Logical, coherent structure is evident
– Mechanical Accuracy
- Punctuation generally correct/capitalization correct
- Grammatical accuracy/spelling conventions observed
- Careful editing (minimal typographical errors)/ manuscript rules observed
(i.e., font, font size, margins)
– Citation & References
- Cite appropriate sources
- Citation format observed/ reference format observed