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The Effect of Social Media on Adolescents’ Social and Academic Development

Developing a Qualitative Research Plan For the Final Project, students will develop a Qualitative Research Plan based on their selected Dissertation topic.

Please note: This is not meant to be a full research plan in that you will not be constructing data collection instruments or generating data to use. The Final Project is meant to develop understanding about the relationships between research questions, research design, and data organization and analysis. For this Project, you will consider more the design and methodology of the qualitative research you propose.

Some, but not all, course assignments lead into the Final Project.

The Final Project should include the following:


A.  Opening statement (a clear statement demonstrating that the focus of the study is on a significant problem worthy of study)

B.  Background of the study

a.  Summary of the literature framing history of the project, using 10 articles related to the problem

b.  Gaps and/or deficiencies in prior research

c.  Importance of present study

  i.  Why the study should be pursued

  ii.  For whom is it important

C.  Problem statement (describes the need for increased understanding about the issue to be studied)

D.  Purpose of the study

a.  Research design (narrative, grounded theory, ethnography, case study, phenomenology)

b.  Intent (understand, describe, explore, develop, etc.)

c.  Central phenomenon of the study

d.  General definition of central phenomenon

E.  Research question(s)

a.  Central question(s)

b.  Sub-questions (where applicable)

F.  Theoretical or conceptual framework

a.  Theoretical or conceptual basis and origin of or source for theory or describe concepts

b.  Where and how theory has been applied or concepts evidenced previously

c.  The major propositions or hypotheses of the theory, if used

d.  How the theory relates to the present study or state how the concepts are important to the present study and provide a lens for it; rationale for that theoretical expectation or conceptual lens

G.  Nature of the study

a.  Design

  i.  Paradigm (qualitative)

  ii.  Design (narrative, grounded theory, ethnography, case study, phenomenology)

  iii.  Rationale for the design, with explanations why other likely choices would be less effective

b.  Methodology

  i.  Participants

  ii.  Site

  iii.  Researcher’s role in data collection procedures

  iv.  Sampling

1.  Type of sampling

2.  How the sample will be drawn

3.  Sample size and why chosen in relation to population size

  v.  Data collection procedures (interviews, focus groups, observations, etc.)

  vi.  Data analysis and interpretation plan: indicate what analytical tools and procedures will be applied to each set of data collected

c.  Limitations

  i.  Potential design and/or methodological weaknesses of the study

  ii.  Explain how the weaknesses will be addressed

  iii.  Threats to quality and how they will be potentially addressed in the study

d.  Ethical concerns

  i.  Describe your proposed procedure for providing informed consent and any ethical concerns with which you may need to deal

H.  Significance of the study

a.  Practical contributions of the study

b.  For whom the study is important

Implications for social

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