1. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
A. The purpose of this study is to________________ (One sentence only).
Important: Make sure that your purpose shows the design of your study (Descriptive, Comparative-including causal-comparative & ex post facto-Correlational, and Experimental).
B. Why do you want to undertake this research? In other words, how will your study contribute to knowledge about education (No more than 10 sentences)
2. RESEARCH QUESTIONS, HYPOTHESES, OR OBJECTIVES
A. In what form are you stating your research purposes? (Use one only)
B. List your research questions/hypothesis/objectives
3. LITERATURE SEARCH
A. State the descriptors that you will use initially in your literature search
4. RESEARCH DESIGN
A. Describe the research design that you selected for your study: descriptive, causal-comparative, correlational, experimental, case study, or a particular qualitative research.
For Experimental design, identify what type of experimental design it falls into.
A. If your study is quantitative in nature, list the variables you will study. Use these guidelines:
(1) For experimental and evaluation designs, indicate show the independent, anddependent Variables. For experimental design, also indicate the confounding variables and extraneous variables . How will you contain the confounding and extraneous variables?
(2) For correlational, comparative, causal-comparative and descriptive designs, show the Independent and Dependent variables
(3) For thepredictive designs, show the Predictor and criterion variables
(4) If the study is qualitative in nature (eg case study), describe the aspect of the cases on which data collection and analysis will focus.
A. If your study is quantitative in nature, describe the characteristics of the population that you will study. If your study is qualitative in nature (such as case study), describe the phenomenon you wish to study and the cases that comprise instances of the phenomenon.
B. Identify your sampling procedure (e.g., stratifie, snowball etc that were covered in class)
C. Indicate the sampling unit (e.g., individual students or a class of students)
D. Indicate size of your sample (that is the number of ,say, students to be used in study)and explain why that sample size is sufficient
E. Indicate whether the sample will be formed into subgroups, and if so, describe the characteristics of the subgroups
7. METHODS OF DATA COLLECTION
A. List the measures that you will select or develop for your study (e.g for achievement you may want to use test scores, for aggressive behavior you may want to observe the number of times it occurs in a classroom etc)
B. Describe briefly the instrument you will use to collect the data (e.g. questionnaire, Interview protocol, Observation protocol etc)
C. For each measure, indicate which types of validity and reliability are relevant and how you will check them
D. If your study is qualitative in nature, indicate the themes and patterns that it possibly will explore. Explain whether and how you will collect data on context in which the research participants function. Explain, too, your role in the data collection process.
8. DATA ANALYSIS PROCEDURES
A. How will you analyze the data that you collect? For a quantitative study, can you think of an appropriate statistical technique (that is what statistics) to analyze the data? If your study is qualitative, indicate what themes (or patterns) are likely to be appropriate in your analysis of data.
Note: no MIX-DESIGN.
My research about (experiment if involving the students more in laboratories and field experiments effect their motivation for the related classes, and if both boys and girls have same motivation)