Research Proposal

Assignment #4: Research Proposal

Proposals are to be 12 – 15 pages in length and are to be written in APA format. Research proposals that are not submitted when due (i.e., at the beginning of the class indicated) will be reduced one letter grade for each day the proposal is late.

Check your proposal for continuity. Ask yourself:

– Does the hypothesis follow from the problem?
– Does the design allow testing the hypothesis?
– Have you considered several validity arguments?
– Have you built a logical and internally consistent argument?
– Is your proposal clearly written?

Have you included all the appropriate sections?

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An evaluation sheet will be provided.

Criteria for the Evaluation of the Quantitative Research Proposal

Scale for evaluating each subsection:
5-Excellent (A model of good practice)
4-Good (A few minor problem areas)
3-Mediocre (Not good, not bad)
2-Poor (Some serious problem areas)
1-Not acceptable (A bad example, but considered)
0-Not included or considered

Title and Abstract: _____ (1) Title is well related to content of the proposal and abstract sets the stage for
what will be proposed

Review of the _____ (2) Coverage of the literature is adequate
Literature: _____ (3) Review of the literature is well organized
_____ (4) Studies are examined critically and are integrated

Problem/Rationale: _____ (5) Relationship of the problem to previous research is made clear, and rationale
is clearly provided
_____ (6) Hypotheses & questions are clearly stated
_____ (7) Important terms are defined

Methods/ _____ (8) Research design is described fully and is appropriate
Procedures: _____ (9) Sample and sampling procedure are described & appropriate
_____ (10) Procedures are described/appropriate for the problem/study
_____ (11) Measurement instruments are thoroughly described, including validity and reliability.

Data Analysis: _____ (12) Appropriate methods are used to analyze the data

Expected Results: _____ (13) Expected results are clearly stated
_____ (14) Significance of the study stated
_____ (15) Limitations are appropriate and clearly stated
_____ (16) Delimitations are appropriate clearly stated

Technical Writing: _____ Extent to which proposal conforms to APA editorial guidelines
(10 points possible)

Subtotal: _____ (90: 80 + 10)

Additional _____ (5) Grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.
Criteria _____ (5) General organization of the paper.

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