KIN 384GW Final Project: Research Proposal Due: Tuesday, December 14 before 11:59

KIN 384GW Final Project: Research Proposal

Due: Tuesday, December 14 before 11:59 p.m.

Final Research Project (30 points)

To demonstrate your knowledge and skills of research methods and scientific writing, you will design a small study that seeks to answer a specific research question. This task allows you to apply all aspects of course content: Literature review, scientific method, and academic writing that connects and extends the previous writing assignments. Remember: You are writing for a reader to understand your proposal, so be sure to provide sufficient explanations and details in all sections.

Your task is to submit a 4-5 page, single-spaced typed research project proposal that includes a narrative summary of at least three (3) peer-reviewed primary research articles that culminates in a specific research question that is followed by an outline of the research methods you are planning to use to collect and analyze data. Your paper will have two (2) main sections, (a) a one-to-two page topic overview and introduction with a thematic review of a minimum of three articles to provide background and context for your specific research question. You must include at least one research question that uses quantitative research methods; however, if you have secondary questions that utilize qualitative methodologies, that is allowed. Part (b) will be a two-to-three page description of your methods section that outlines your null and alternative hypothesis, research design, participants, variables and measures, and your proposed data analysis.

Some additional information on what to include within each of the sections:

Section I: Introduction

Introduction and background – basic information that frames the topic and highlights why this is important

Review of literature – discuss research that has been done about your topic and summarize research results and compare and contrast the studies to identify what has been done and any gaps or improvements

This review of literature will be more succinct and focused on the topic and less about the specific study details. Focus mainly and big-picture ideas about the study results and how the studies contributed different perspectives to the topic based upon the individual study designs and methods

Research question(s) – based upon the importance of the topic and review of literature, you will propose a new, hypothetical study to fill in a gap in the literature or propose a new and improved way of studying the topic (Note: you must include at least one question that uses quantitative data; secondary questions may use qualitative methods)

Section II: Methods

Research design – null and alternative hypotheses, overall structure of your proposed study (e.g., observational or experimental research), groups (treatment/interventions, control; pre-post; comparison and control)

Participants – how you will sample your population to recruit and select participants (sampling method, sample size, sample characteristics)

Measures – variables of interest (independent and dependent), data collection procedures, instruments or measurements (including rationale for why you selected these – hint: validity and reliability)

Data analysis – how you will analyze and report the results of the study with a justification for why (hint: why you chose the analysis technique based upon the nature of the research question)

Your introduction and literature are based upon the articles and summaries you have done up to this point, mainly focused on the Research Synthesis assignment. DO NOT copy and paste that assignment as your Literature Review, as this format is more focused on the topic and the overall results of your reviewed studies rather than focused on the technical details of each individual study.

Please type your project using a narrative format into the sections below and delete the above descriptions. Save your file as “LASTNAME KIN 384 final research project” as a WORD or PDF document.

Name:

Section I: Introduction (1-2 pages):

Section II: Methods (2-3 pages):

Full APA 7th edition reference for each paper

This task is worth 12% (30 points) of your final grade and will be graded using the following rubric.

Section I: Introduction and Background (15 points)

0=Bullet point summary; limited research question; no citations listed; high similarity score

6=Vague and poorly written overview and summary of the topic that minimally outlines known information and why the topic is important; provides general results from less than 3 primary research articles by listing each article individually; does not identify strengths, weaknesses and/or gaps in the literature; no specific research question using quantitative research methods

9=Limited and somewhat well-written overview and summary of the topic that superficially outlines known information and why the topic is important; provides general results from 3+ primary research articles by listing each article individually; identifies minimal strengths, weaknesses and/or gaps in the literature; at least one research question using quantitative research methods

12=General and mostly well-written overview and summary of the topic that generally outlines known information and why the topic is important; provides general results from 3+ primary research articles by listing each article individually; identifies some strengths, weaknesses and/or gaps in the literature; at least one research question using quantitative research methods

15=Thorough and well-written overview and summary of the topic that outlines known information and why the topic is important; provides specific details and results from 3+ primary research articles that thematically identifies strengths, weaknesses and/or gaps in the literature; at least one research question using quantitative research methods

Section II: Methods (15 points)

0=Bullet point summary; minimal description of methods; no citations listed; high similarity score

9=Vague or missing null and alternative hypothesis; limited outline of research design, participants (including sampling procedures, sample size), description of independent and dependent variables missing; data collection procedures, measurements/instruments (limited or no rationale validity and reliability), data analysis (limited or no rationale for type of analysis that matches research question); not APA citations for 3+ primary research articles

12=Mostly accurate null and alternative hypothesis; general outline of research design, participants (including sampling procedures, sample size), general description of independent and dependent variables data collection procedures, measurements/instruments (with limited rationale validity and reliability), data analysis (general rationale for type of analysis that matches research question); mostly accurate APA citations for 3+ primary research articles

15=Accurate null and alternative hypothesis; thorough and detailed outline of research design, participants (including sampling procedures, sample size), detailed list of independent and dependent variables; data collection procedures, measurements/instruments (including rationale with discussion of validity and reliability), data analysis (rationale for type of analysis that matches research question); accurate APA citations for 3+ primary research articles

Submit your task as a WORD or PDF document and SAVE AS “LASTNAME Final research project”

Due: Tuesday, December 14 before 11:59 p.m. Please note the due date…this aligns with final exam schedule.

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