Think of this as a 3 page long take home final exam essay question.
Overview: The goal of this exercise is for you to demonstrate your ability to carry out a research project using the Deductive scientific method. You will propose a research project in its entirety, but will not collect or analyze any data. The proposal will be completed in a level of detail such that any person could pick up your proposal, follow your design and implement the study with no additional information. You will choose ONE of the following data collection techniques-Observation, Content analysis; Survey. You only need to propose a study using One type of data collection. Ignore all instructions that do not pertain to your chosen method.
The entire goal is to show off how much you have learned. Even if you feel like you are stating the obvious in any section of the assignment, state it. State it using vocabulary you learned in this class. Show off all your research methods knowledge!
Step 1: Topic selection. Write a paragraph stating your research question and why it is worth researching. (You may not use a topic that you used on a previous assignment!) You will need to select a topic which is sociological in nature and that will be examined deductively. Propose a project that you could carry out in a reasonable amount of time with minimal resources. The goal is not for you to be high-brow and complicated with this. The goal is to show you learned something this semester. So simple topics similar to what I have used in class are appropriate (advising at WKU; Student attendance at athletic events…)
Step 2: State your hypothesis. Remember that the hypothesis statement is a formal statement of how your dependent variable is related to your independent variable in the social setting you have chosen to observe.
Step 3: Describe your dependent variable and its formal operationalization. This step involves choosing a level of measurement and specifically defining your variables in a measurable way.
Step 4: Describe your independent variable and its formal operationalization.
Step 5: Plan your sampling protocol. The goal of this section is for you to show me what you have learned about sampling this semester. You must be very specific and you must accurately use the vocabulary learned in our chapter on sampling. For example, don’t state “I am going select a sample.” Describe exactly in detail how you are going to “use a random number generator to select a simple random sample”…. (or whatever technique you use, describe in detail) Use vocabulary such as “population” “sampling frame” “unit of analysis”
Step 6: Create your data collection instrument. In this section, you will not only present your instrument, but you must discuss it. This means explain to me how your instrument measures your independent and dependent variable. You must discuss how your instrument will address reliability and validity.
Step 7: Ethics implications. Briefly explain any ethical considerations that need to be made in regards to your proposed research. Note: The answer here will never be “there are no ethical considerations.” Even if there are no considerations, you must explain, in terms of ethics language, why there is no concern. State the obvious—what are we usually concerned about with ethics and then explain why you don’t have that concern with your project.
This paper should be double spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins. You may use the 7 steps as headers for your document. But the document should be written in paragraph form using complete sentences and proper grammar/mechanics. You may use indentations, single spacing etc., as needed for clarity. You may use the first person pronoun “I” when referring to the steps you will take. While this assignment does not ask you to incorporate outside sources, but always be sure to properly cite anytime you use anyone else’s ideas or words. When citing, please use ASA or APA format.
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