Literature—The Starting Point for Research, The Introduction—Problem, Significance, Purpose and Research Questions and Hypotheses.
Question 1: Two pages
• Prepare the following for this part of the assignment.
o An APA-formatted reference list entry for each of the eight articles that you have found.
o A one-paragraph summary, following Creswell’s guidelines, of each article that you have found.
o A brief rationale for the selection of each item. Within each rationale, identify any gaps in the knowledge or deficiencies that justify your research and whether not the article supports or detracts from existing research.
This Week: Focus on the Literature Review
This portion of the Application is designed to help you discover where and how to search for appropriate research materials. Here, you are not engaging in a full review of the literature as you might do for a research paper, a KAM, or your final thesis or dissertation. Nevertheless, this activity will provide you with some practice in critical reading so that you may better identify potential gaps in the literature, which will assist you in identifying a place for you to contribute to the body of knowledge in your discipline.
To prepare for this Application:
• Review Chapter 2 and pp. 79–87 of Chapter 4 in the course text, Research Design by John W. Creswell
• Find eight research articles based on the topic, research problem, and the main research question for your study. (I will be Ok with any topic you chose. I am studying Criminal Justice)
• Review the instructions for writing a summary of a study presented in the course text, Research Design by John W. Creswell, on pages 36–38.
• Write a brief rationale for why you selected each item.
• Identify a gap in the knowledge or potential deficiency apparent in your research articles to justify the research.
• Identify articles that support or detract from existing research to justify the research study.
Question 2: One page
o An introduction to your proposed study
• A purpose statement for your proposed study
o A research question (or questions) and a justification of its viability
o A hypothesis (or hypotheses) and a justification of its viability (If your proposed study is qualitative, there will be no hypothesis.)
To prepare for this Application:
• Review Chapters 5 and 6 from the course text, Research Design and the “Purpose of Research” media segment.
• Continue to refine your choices for articles in your annotated bibliography as needed—you will need total of 8 articles for the final assignment.
• Write the introduction to your proposed study. Use the “Introduction Checklist” handout to help you improve your introduction and ensure that it is effective. Include one paragraph each for:
o The research problem (also known as the problem statement)
o The related literature about this problem
o The deficiencies in the literature (identify several gaps in the literature)
o The audiences who will potentially find the study of interest
• Write a purpose statement for your proposed study using the scripts suggested in Chapter 6 of the course text, Research Design (see pp. 114, 118, 122, and 123). Use the “Purpose Statement Checklist” handout to help you improve your purpose statement and ensure that it is effective.
• Review Chapter 7 from the course text, Research Design.
• Begin writing a research question or questions and hypothesis or hypotheses. If your proposed study is qualitative, focus on research questions; there will be no hypothesis.
• Use the Research Questions and Hypotheses Checklist handout to guide the refinement of your work on these components.
Continue to refine your choices for articles in your annotated bibliography as needed—you will need total of eight articles for the final assignment. Review the Article Critique Checklist handout and use it as a tool to assess the articles you have chosen.
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