The Session Long Project (SLP) for this course requires that you complete a matrix in which you align common characteristics of the research process to each research methodology identified (see below). You will also write a narrative essay to accompany this matrix, in which you describe the research characteristics and their applicability to each specific quantitative and qualitative research methodology.
The overall Session Long Project consists of four module assignments. You will complete a portion of the matrix in each module, and also submit a 3- to 4-page accompanying essay for each module.
Successful completion of the Session Long Project will produce a matrix that is completely filled-in with information, and a 12- to 16-page accompanying narrative essay.
You must complete the matrix below as you proceed through the course. The Session Long Project assignment will describe the portion of the matrix to be completed each module.
Type of Research
Example of Research Problem
Type of Research Questions
Type of Variables
Role of Literature Review
Evaluation of Findings
Submitting Your Assignments
You must submit each module’s SLP assignment (including the progressively completed matrix and accompanying 3- to 4-page essay) at the same time that you submit each module’s Case Assignment.
The following sections will contribute to your overall SLP narrative essay:
Module 1 – Overview of the Research Process (Including: Types of Research and Examples of Research Methodologies)
Module 2 – Research Questions, Variables, and Types of Data
Module 3 – Role of Literature Review in the Research Process
Module 4 – Data Collection, and Data Analysis
In Module 4 you will combine all prior SLP module assignments and the new Module 4 assignment, as well as an introduction, conclusion, and bibliography, into one final document.
Each module of the Session Long Project will receive a grade and feedback. The final collated (or “combined”) document will receive a final project grade in Module 4.
SLP Assignment Expectations
Your task for the Module 4 SLP assignment is twofold:
FIRST, fill-in the matrix with information pertaining to the following items:
Identify the type and size of the sample population appropriate for each research methodology listed in the matrix.
Describe the data collection instruments and techniques appropriate for each research methodology listed in the matrix; be sure to check that the designated data collection instrument is indeed collecting the type of data identified in Module 2 as appropriate for that methodology and variables (i.e., categorical data vs. continuous data vs. text or images).
Identify data analysis techniques that are appropriate for quantitative and qualitative research methodologies; include concepts of T-test, ANOVA, and regression analysis (for quantitative studies) and open-coding for qualitative analysis.
Describe the extent to which “findings” of each methodology are valid and robust; describe whether researcher bias is a concern with any of the methodologies listed.
SECOND, combine all your previous module SLP essays into one narrative document, and add your final 3- to 4-page discussion that addresses the following item:
Often, educational researchers cannot find predetermined or pre-existing validated instruments to use in their study; in that case, describe the processes involved with creating one’s own questionnaire, piloting it, and validating its contents. Remember to include a description of how the researcher must operationalize key concepts to begin the process.
(See presentation titled A Tutorial on Pilot Studies for more information on this topic.)
Compare and contrast the following statistical analysis tests: T-test, ANOVA, and regression analysis.
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