Develop an original research study proposal

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Research Proposal

Develop an original research study proposal and describe it in detail in a 10-12 page (APA style) paper. Include at least 10 scholarly references in your proposal. Use the following as a guide when writing your paper. Be sure to include detailed information on all of the topics listed below and use headings to organize your thoughts.

1. Statement of the problem: Introduce the reader to the problem to be studied. Provide sufficient background information such that the reader has a grasp of the situation and its importance.
2. Review of the literature: Provide the reader with a review of most relevant literature, beginning with general information, and narrowing the focus to the specific issues under consideration in the study.
3. Purpose of the study: Identify why the study that you are proposing is needed.
4. Hypotheses or research questions: List them as simple statements. Make sure they are measurable.
5. Definition of terms: Operationally define terms the average reader may not know, or that have a specific meaning in your study.
6. Assumptions: Identify issues you assume to be true in order for your study to be valid.
7. Research methods and procedures
a. Population: Describe the population sample to be studied
b. Procedure: Discuss how the study will be carried out.
c. Instruments: Describe the specific measurements (instruments) to be used to test each hypothesis (research question).
d. Data Analysis: Describe the procedures you intend to use to analyze the data produced from your instruments, and how that would answer the hypotheses (questions).
a. Discussion: Since you are only proposing (not conducting) a research study, you will not have results; however, you can discuss potential outcomes. Review your hypothesis and discuss how this study will address it. For example, if the results allow you to reject the null hypothesis, what are the implications? What would happen if you fail to reject the null hypothesis? Discuss the implications of your proposed study, the limitations of your study, and future research ideas and directions.
b. Since you are only proposing (not conducting) a research study, you will not have results; however, you can discuss potential outcomes. Review your hypothesis and discuss how this study will address it. For example, if the results allow you to reject the null hypothesis, what are the implications? What would happen if you fail to reject the null hypothesis? Discuss the implications of your proposed study, the limitations of your study, and future research ideas and directions.
8. Implications: Provide a brief summary of your proposal and a powerful statement as to how your study would advance the field.
9. References: Include at least 10 scholarly sources in your Reference section. Be sure to use APA style throughout your paper.
10. 1.11.1 Explain the importance of research in the behavioral sciences.
“It is important to recognize that scientific research has become increasingly prominent in public policy decisions.”
“Important when developing and assessing the effectiveness of programs designed to achieve certain goals—for example, to increase retention of students in school, influence people to engage in behaviors that reduce their risk of contracting HIV, or teach employees how to reduce the effects of stress.”
“Research methods are important because they can provide us with the best answers to questions like those we posed at the outset of the chapter.”

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11. 1.21.2 Apply the scientific method to evaluate behavioral science .
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12. 1.31.3 Define key concepts of behavioral sciences research.
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13. 1.41.4 Articulate the relationships among theory, practice, and research in the behavioral sciences.
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14. 1.51.5 Identify key ethical issues in research.
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15. 1.61.6 Identify appropriate sources of research articles, including peer-reviewed journals and library databases.
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16. 1.71.7 Explain the function of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).
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17. 2.32.3 Distinguish between correlation and causation.
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18. 2.42.4 Differentiate between construct validity, internal and external validity.
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19. 2.52.5 Define key measurement concepts.
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20. 2.62.6 Describe the problem of reactivity in measurement.
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21. 3.33.3 Identify important issues of survey construction.
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22. 3.43.4 Describe different survey administration methods.
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23. 3.53.5 Contrast probability and non-probability sampling techniques.
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24. 3.63.6 Describe the relationship between sample size and survey results.
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25. 3.73.7 Describe how interviewer bias may influence results.
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26. 4.34.3 Contrast experimental research designs.
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27. 4.44.4 Identify different types of variables used in experimental research and ways in which variables are manipulated.
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28. 4.54.5 Explain the effects of experimenter bias on outcomes.
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29. 4.64.6 Distinguish between main effects and interactions.
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30. 5.15.1 Define single-case designs.
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31. 5.25.2 Examine the implications of confounding variables.
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32. 5.35.3 Describe the limitations of one-group posttest and one-group pretest only designs.
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33. 5.45.4 Explain the differences between longitudinal, cross-sectional, and sequential research designs.
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34. 5.55.5 Contrast the different types of evaluations related to program evaluation research.
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35. 6.16.1 Explain methods used to describe and summarize research results.
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36. 6.26.2 Explain how measures of central tendency and variability are used to evaluate data.
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37. 6.46.4 Describe the purpose of the multiple regression .
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38. 6.56.5 Explain the use of multiple correlation techniques in prediction models.
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39. 6.66.6 Explain how effect size is used to determine interpret results.
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40. 7.17.1 Describe how inferential statistics are used to draw conclusions about populations.
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41. 7.27.2 Review the differences between the null and the alternative/research hypothesis.
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42. 7.37.3 Define probability and discuss how it relates to the concept of statistical significance.
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43. 7.47.4 Differentiate between Type I error and Type II error.
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44. 7.57.5 Explain the concept of power as it relates to statistical tests.
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45. 7.67.6 Describe the general criteria used by researchers to select appropriate statistical tests for a given purpose.
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46. 8.28.2 Examine the importance of replication in research and the role of selection and assignment methods.
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47. 8.38.3 Discuss potential problems related to generalization of results to different cultures or ethnic groups.
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48. 8.48.4 Define meta-analyses and how they are used by practitioners and scholars.
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49. 8.58.5 Summarize the main points of the course, emphasizing the importance of research to the profession of psychology.
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