The purpose of this assignment is to challenge you to integrate and apply a majority of the information that you will learn through this class over the course of the semester. While you will not actually implement the proposed research, it is advised that you tailor your proposal to fit with a research problem you are familiar with or are interested in, such as your field placement.
A well-written proposal includes many of the same components as a scholarly research paper. You will complete this assignment in two phases. Several of your homework assignments and in-class exercises should help you through the process of formulating ideas for this research proposal.
Your proposal must have an evaluation component (i.e., explain how you are going to measure the results or the outcome). If you replicate a project from your literature review, you must provide a valid argument regarding why a replication study is relevant. Use of APA style is required. Include an abstract and check both your in text citations and reference page to insure compliance with the style manual. Have someone proofread your proposal prior to submitting it for a grade. Clearly identify all components. Use topic headings to identify parts. Papers should be written in formal tense (no first person).
Each student will complete a research paper of 5-7 pages in length, not including the title or reference pages. The research will examine an issue or social problem confronting contemporary society and use of the steps of scientific method to study the issue and/or problem. Students will make oral presentations of their findings in class. Students are expected to complete a series of short assignments of explications of the steps of the research process.