task 1: research plan outline

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task 1: research plan outline

due week 3 and worth 140 points

select a current issue in the educational industry and / or within your work environment as the topic for your research proposal. in this first task, you will be creating a research proposal outline about the topic you have chosen. possible topical area ideas are: children and families, education and the arts, health and health care, population and aging, science and technology, etc. (see “educational research websites” under the supplemental resources of this course guide for research topic ideas to help you decide on a current issue).

write a two to three (2-3) page paper in an outline format in which you:

provide a definition of the topic you plan to research, and explain how the topic is relevant and to education and / or your work environment.
develop a directional and null hypothesis for your topic.
outline the literature review headings and subheadings for your research.
determine the sample and sampling techniques you would use, and provide a rationale for your choices.
analyze and differentiate your accessible and target population. indicate how each population is affected by your research topic.
identify the measurement instruments that you would propose to use in your research with validity and reliability information.
annotate at least five (5) peer-reviewed references. see strayer university’s learning resource center’s “apa guidelines / writing an annotated bibliography” section found on your blackboard homepage for formatting instructions.

your task must follow these formatting requirements:

be typed, double spaced, using times new roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow apa or school-specific format. check with your professor for any additional instructions.
include a cover page containing the title of the task, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. the cover page and the reference page are not included in the required task page length.

the specific course learning outcomes associated with this task are:

demonstrate how peer-reviewed literature is utilized in educational research.
determine the appropriateness of peer-reviewed literature for specific research topics.
critically evaluate research findings for validity.
use technology and information resources to research issues in educational research methods.
write clearly and concisely about educational research using correct grammar and mechanics.

grading for this task will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills. click here to access the rubric for this task.
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