(3 credits)

Prerequisite course: ED-7014 V2: Practices in School Organization (1717477544) 

Overview

Course Description:

In this introductory research course, you will explore the underpinnings of the research process, examine research paradigms, and investigate theoretical and practical foundations of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies used within educational research. You will identify criteria for the development of a quality research study that is ethical, accurate, comprehensive, cohesive, and aligned. Specific course topics will involve the ethics of conducting research; data collection and analysis techniques; and issues of feasibility, trustworthiness, validity, reliability, generalizability or transferability, and rigor. This course is intended to familiarize you with concepts and skills associated with conducting theoretical and applied research.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Examine the scientific method from common research perspectives.
  2. Apply research principles and conventions across quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
  3. Analyze practical and ethical issues associated with conducting research.
  4. Discriminate goals and characteristics of theoretical and applied research.
  5. Explore sampling methods used in common methodologies and designs.
  6. Document assumptions, limitations, and delimitations in research studies.

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Course Concepts:

  1. Foundations of research methods
  1. Viewing scientific method through research paradigms
  2. Practical and ethical issues in research
  3. Goals and characteristics of basic and applied research
  4. General research steps and procedures
  5. Research methods, including qualitative and quantitative methodologies
  6. Alignment of research components

Course Outline:

Week 1: Setting the Stage – Overview of the Research Process and NCU Resources

Week 1 Activity Assignment 1: Explore the Commons and CTL’s Dissertation Center (2 Points)
Week 1 Activity Assignment 2: Explore the NCU Library’s Research Process LibGuides (2 Points)

Week 1 Assignment 3: Prepare a Research Process Outline and Scientific Method Essay (6 Points)

Week 2: Theoretical (basic/fundamental) and Applied Research: Goals and Characteristics

Optional Badging Activity 1: Develop Goals and Characteristics Quiz (0 Points)

Week 2 Assignment: Prepare Problem and Purpose Statements (10 Points)

Week 3: Research Questions, Hypotheses, and Frameworks

Week 3 Assignment: Discuss Research Questions, Hypotheses, and Framework Video (10 Points)

Week 4: Paradigmatic Perspective, Quantitative Methodology, and Quantitative Designs

Week 4 Assignment: Align Paradigmatic Perspective, Quantitative Methodology, and Quantitative Designs (10 Points)

Week 5: Paradigmatic Perspective, Qualitative Methodology, and Qualitative Designs

Week 5 Assignment: Align Paradigmatic Perspective, Qualitative Methodology, and Qualitative Designs (10 Points)

Week 6: Populations and Samples, Study Feasibility

Week 6 Assignment: Define Populations and Samples for Study Feasibility (10 Points)

Week 7: Ethical Issues in Research

Week 7 Assignment: Complete CITI Modules (10 Points)
Optional Badging Activity 2: Research Ethics and Project Feasibility Video (0 Points)

Week 8: Alignment, Assumptions, Limitations, and Delimitations in Research

Week 8 Signature Assignment Part 1: Finalize your research proposal (15 Points)

Week 8 Signature Assignment Part 2: Complete the Research and Toolkit Journal (15 Points)

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Week 1 – Assignment 1: Explore the Commons and the CTL’s Dissertation Center

Please note that there are three separate assignments for this week, though none should feel overwhelming. The first assignment this week is divided into two parts.

Part 1: Explore the Commons

In this part of the first assignment, you will choose a community within the NCU Commons in which you will post ideas for your study. You may already be a member of a community; if not, you can discover groups using the link in this week’s resources.

This post should not take you long to complete. The post provides you with an opportunity to connect with other students and affords the opportunity to put your plans “out there,” which requires critical thinking. The Commons is also a great way to get feedback on your ideas. 

Tip

You may want to write and save your post in a separate text document in case something happens before you are able to submit your post in the Commons community of your choice.

Tip

Compose your 100-200 word post as follows:

  • Begin your post by offering a brief introduction including a little bit about yourself – whatever you are willing to share.
  • Explain your potential research topic and the methodology and design you are considering for your study. You will revisit these as you learn throughout the course.
  • Ask if any of your fellow students share an interest in or have feedback about your topic, methodology, or design.
  • Tag your professor at the end of your post. Note that your professor’s name in the Commons might start with “Dr.” Refer to the document, Tagging a Community Member, listed in this week’s resources.
  • In case there is a glitch and your professor does not receive notice that they have been tagged in your post, you might want to send your professor an email letting them know that you have posted. Take this opportunity to start a conversation about the course and your interests!

If you need further assistance on navigating the Commons, please click on Training and Support on the bottom of any page in The Commons. 

Part 2: Handbooks and Templates

The instructions for this second part of Assignment 1 differ slightly depending on your degree program (EdS, EdD, or PhD). Be sure to follow the instructions for your degree program.

Step 1: Download the correct template.

If you are a PhD student, go to the CTL’s Dissertation Center to explore the content. Click on Essentials and download the Dissertation Student Experience (DSE) Handbook and the Dissertation Proposal/Dissertation Manuscript Template 2020.

If you are an EdD student, go to the CTL’s Applied Doctoral Center and download the Applied Doctoral Experience (ADE) Handbook and the Applied Doctoral Dissertation template.

If you are an EdS student, you will complete a capstone project that is similar to the EdD in terms of a focus on a problem of practice. While you will not complete a dissertation in the EdS, for this assignment go to the CTL’s Applied Doctoral Center and download the Applied Doctoral Experience (ADE) Handbook and the Applied Doctoral template.

Step 2: Enter your name on the template you downloaded.

Step 3: Save the template with your name in the file name, just as you have done throughout your courses.

Step 4: Upload the named template to the correct dropbox: Week 1, Assignment 1.

Length: One template correct for your degree program with your name in the document and in the file name, as described in the instructions.

References: References are not required for this assignment

Week 1 – Assignment 2: Explore the NCU Library’s Research Process LibGuides

There are three steps to complete this assignment.

  1. Using the link provided in this week’s resources, explore the Library’s Research Process LibGuide.
  2. After a thorough exploration, describe the one resource (2 resources at most) you expect will be most helpful for you in applying the principles and conventions of research going forward in your degree plan.
  3. Explain why you chose this one resource (2 resources at most).

Length: One page formatted in APA style (Times New Roman, 12-point font with double line spacing and one-inch margins)

References: Scholarly references are not required.

The completed assignment should address all of the assignment requirements, exhibit evidence of concept knowledge, and demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the content presented in the course. The writing should adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

When applicable, conduct a Turnitin pre-check and then upload your completed assignment and click the Submit to Dropbox button.

Week 1- Assignment 3: Prepare a Research Process Outline and Scientific Method Essay

The scientific method is the foundational approach for rigorous empirical investigation and needs to be thoroughly understood prior to embarking upon a choice of research methodology or the overall design of an educational research study. Different types of research across research methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods) and across research paradigms (post-positivist, interpretivist/constructivist, transformative, and pragmatic) all require adherence to this method.

Your assignment should include an outline and a brief essay. For help with an outline, check out the link in this week’s resources.

  1. Create an outline of the steps involved in conducting a research study (1-2 pages). This outline of the steps that codify the principles and conventions involved in conducting research should be an expanded list based on the four broad steps illustrated in Figure 2 in the week’s lesson.
  2. Compose a short, explanatory essay explaining the role of the scientific method in conducting research (1 page).

In addition to using the week’s resources provided, use the NCU Library to find three additional scholarly sources that explain the steps in detail. Rather than directly quoting definitions, paraphrase information (explain in your own words) with in-text citations and references at the end of the document.

Length: 1-2 page outline and 1-page essay uploaded as one Word document

References: Include a minimum of 3 scholarly resources that are cited within the text and referenced at the end of the document in APA style.

The completed assignment should address all of the assignment requirements, exhibit evidence of concept knowledge, and demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the content presented in the course. The writing should integrate scholarly resources, reflect academic expectations and current APA standards, and adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy. 

When applicable, conduct a Turnitin pre-check and then upload your completed assignment and click the Submit to Dropbox button. 

Signature Assignment Reminder

The culminating signature assignment for this course has two parts. Part I is a paper putting together a mini research proposal worth 15% of your final grade and Part II is a Research and Toolkit Journal worth 15% of your final grade. Although there is a reflection section intended to be completed in Week 8, there are weekly sections that you should complete each week while the information is still fresh in your mind. To ensure you are prepared and have adequate time to complete this assignment, please review the instructions by looking ahead to the signature assignment and download the template provided for your use in completing the assignment. Contact your professor if you have questions. 

CITI Completion Reminder

In Week 7, you will be asked to upload your CITI completion certificate related to the protection of human research subjects. Completing the modules is a considerable assignment. We recommend that you complete them throughout the first 6 weeks to balance the work. Contact your professor if you have any questions.

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Week 2 – Assignment: Prepare Problem and Purpose Statements

As you learned this week, most educational areas of topical interest can be the subject of either theoretical (basic/fundamental) or applied research, but the research must align with your degree program.

For this assignment, you will consider your area of interest from both theoretical and applied research approaches. In light of what you learned about the differential focus and scope of EdD and PhD dissertation research and the role of problem and purpose statements in research, write problem statement and purpose statement sentences from both research foci.

Then, make sure to use all of the information you have learned from the course, textbook, and the resources provided for this assignment to develop the statement of the problem into two complete paragraphs of no more than 250-300 words and cite the relevant literature that supports this ongoing problem of inquiry.

Organize your work as follows:

  • Section 1: Find one dissertation in the library ProQuest database, find the problem statement, then assess the problem statement in one paragraph. Make sure your assessment includes the specific problem sentence and whether this sentence fits the requirements for a strong problem statement as indicated in the lesson materials and resources for the week; be sure to specifically discuss why or why not.
  • Section 2: A one-paragraph summary of your topical area of interest
  • Section 3: A side-by-side (example below) presentation of problem and purpose statement sentences for your potential study, from both a theoretical (basic/fundamental-PhD) and applied (EdD and EdS) focus. 
 Theoretical FocusApplied Focus
First sentence of  Problem Statement  
First Sentence of Purpose Statement  
   
  • Section 4: Your full problem statement (2-3 paragraphs) and at least the first sentence of your purpose statement.

Note: This assignment is an exercise in writing a problem statement and purpose statement. Once you get into the dissertation sequence or capstone process, be sure to follow the templates and specific directions provided for that phase of your studies.

Issues to keep in mind as you write the problem statement: 

  • Begin the first paragraph with “The problem addressed by this study is….”
  •  Ensure that the problem statement reflects an actual and identifiable problem (i.e., not a purpose, observation, topic, solution, or assertion).
  • The problem should clearly identify the problem to be addressed by the study (i.e., What problem is your study going to gain insight into?).
  • Succinctly discuss the problem by providing evidence from current researchers (within the past 5 years) who have found through empirical inquiry its continued existence as a problem and cite those scholarly studies (these citations must be empirical evidence citing findings of the study, not author opinion of a problem) that has found evidence of the problem.
  • A lack of research alone is not inherently problematic. An inability to find research on your topic might indicate a need to change your focus.
  • It might be helpful to review the resources in the Northcentral University Library, including the Searching 101 video, or schedule a research consultation with a librarian to help you search the literature on your topic. Both resources are linked in your Books and Resources for this Week
  • Make sure you identify: Who is impacted by the problem (e.g., individuals, organizations, industries, or society) as described by researchers in the scholarly literature? What is not known that should be known about it as described by researchers in the scholarly literature? What could the potential negative consequences be if the problem is not addressed in this study as described by past researchers in the scholarly literature? Be specific.

Length: 2-3 pages, excluding the title and reference pages.

References: This is a knowledge demonstration check and does not have a specific required number of references; please include references if they are in support of your problem statement. 

The completed assignment should address all of the assignment requirements, exhibit evidence of concept knowledge, and demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the content presented in the course. The writing should integrate scholarly resources, reflect academic expectations and current APA standards, and adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

When applicable, conduct a Turnitin pre-check and then upload your completed assignment and click the Submit to Dropbox button. 

Signature Assignment Reminder

The culminating signature assignment for this course has two parts. Part I is a paper putting together a mini research proposal worth 15% of your final grade and Part II is a Research and Toolkit Journal worth 15% of your final grade. Although there is a reflection section intended to be completed in Week 8, there are weekly sections that you should complete each week while the information is still fresh in your mind. To ensure you are prepared and have adequate time to complete this assignment, please review the instructions by looking ahead to the signature assignment and download the template provided for your use in completing the assignment. Contact your professor if you have questions. 

CITI Completion Reminder

In Week 7, you will be asked to upload your CITI completion certificate related to the protection of human research subjects. Completing the modules is a considerable assignment. We recommend that you complete them throughout the first 6 weeks to balance the work. Contact your professor if you have any questions.

Week 3 – Assignment: Discuss Research Questions, Hypotheses, and Framework video

Consider the research focus you first proposed in EDR-8200 and/or have begun to develop in this course. Conceptualize how the theoretical (PhD) or conceptual (EdD) framework serves as the lens through which you view your working problem statement and helps guide the development of your research questions.

Create a video (a narrated presentation) using Kaltura or another video tool to present these points of discussion. You will create your video (narrated presentation) using Kaltura or another video tool in the Center for Teaching and Learning.  For step-by-step instructions, go to Table of Contents and select Course Resources.

Tip

The terms theoretical and conceptual are not interchangeable. Choose one depending on your degree and focus.

Tip

At a minimum, include and discuss the following in your video:

  • Identify a framework that you believe may serve as the lens for your study. Use a theoretical framework if you are a PhD student or a conceptual framework if you are an EdD or EdS student.
  • State your revised (based on instructor feedback) problem and purpose statements from Week 2.
  • Explain how your chosen framework is relevant to your topic and problem
  • Present at least one problem and framework-informed research question for both a qualitative and quantitative study
    • For the qualitative research question, propose two or more sub-questions
    • For the quantitative research questions, present at least one null and corresponding hypothesis. (Later, you will choose a design and make sure the design is aligned with your RQ)
  • Discuss how your research questions and hypotheses align with your chosen framework and purpose statement in addressing the research problem

Length: Length: 3-5 minutes

References: N/A

Your video (narrated presentation) should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

Upload your video and click the Submit to Dropbox button.

Week 4 – Assignment: Align Paradigmatic Perspective, Quantitative Methodology, and Quantitative Designs

During this week, you learned about paradigmatic perspectives, quantitative methodology, and quantitative designs. Last week, your assignment was to envision your research focus from both theoretical and applied research approaches.

This week, you are to consider research into your topic using quantitative methodology. To complete this assignment, you will use the Week 3 discussion of research questions and the Week 2 problem and purpose statements (as refined through feedback received). These statements should align with the focus and scope (i.e., theoretical or applied) of your degree program. In this assignment, you will propose alignment of paradigmatic perspective, quantitative methodology, and one quantitative design. 

Organize your work as follows:

  • Part 1: one-paragraph summary of your evolving topical area of interest
  • Part 2: your refined problem and purpose statements
  • Part 3: one potential research question and related hypotheses
  • Part 4: a side-by-side presentation (see example) of paradigmatic perspective, quantitative methodology, and at least two quantitative designs
Paradigmatic PerspectiveMethodologyDesign(s)
 Quantitative 
 Quantitative 
  • Part 5: one page stating the justification of your choices, including how your choices best suit investigating your refined problem statement and fulfilling the purpose of the research

Length: 2-3 pages, excluding title and reference pages.

References: Include a minimum of 4 scholarly resources, which can include research guides.

The completed assignment should address all of the assignment requirements, exhibit evidence of concept knowledge, and demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the content presented in the course. The writing should integrate scholarly resources, reflect academic expectations and current APA standards, and adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

When applicable, conduct a Turnitin pre-check and then upload your completed assignment and click the Submit to Dropbox button. 

Signature Assignment Reminder

The culminating signature assignment for this course has two parts. Part I is a paper putting together a mini research proposal worth 15% of your final grade and Part II is a Research and Toolkit Journal worth 15% of your final grade. Although there is a reflection section intended to be completed in Week 8, there are weekly sections that you should complete each week while the information is still fresh in your mind. To ensure you are prepared and have adequate time to complete this assignment, please review the instructions by looking ahead to the signature assignment and download the template provided for your use in completing the assignment. Contact your professor if you have questions.

CITI Completion Reminder

In Week 7, you will be asked to upload your CITI completion certificate related to the protection of human research subjects. Completing the modules is a considerable assignment. We recommend that you complete them throughout the first 6 weeks to balance the work. Contact your professor if you have any questions.

Week 5 – Assignment: Align Paradigmatic Perspective, Qualitative Methodology, and Qualitative Design

Last week, you learned about paradigmatic perspectives, and this week, qualitative methodology and designs used to operationalize qualitative research. In Week 3 assignment, you envisioned your research focus from both theoretical and applied research approaches. This week, you will consider research about your general topic from the qualitative methodology. Using the problem and purpose statements (as refined through feedback received) from the Week 2 assignment aligning with the focus and scope (i.e., theoretical or applied) of your degree program, and the research question(s) from Week 3, propose alignment of paradigmatic perspective, qualitative methodology, and at least two different qualitative designs organized as follows:

  • Part 1: one-paragraph summary of your evolving topical area of interest.
  • Part 2: present your refined problem and purpose statements, and RQs
  • Part 3: a side-by-side presentation (example below) of paradigmatic perspective, qualitative methodology, and at least two different qualitative designs
Paradigmatic PerspectiveMethodologyDesign(s)
 Qualitative 
 Qualitative 
  • Part 4: at least one page stating the justification of your choices for this methodology and design, including: a) how your choices best suit investigating your refined problem statement and fulfilling the purpose of the research and research questions and b) comparing the qualitative methodology and designs to those you chose for a quantitative study

Length: 2-3 pages, excluding title and reference pages.

References: Include a minimum of 4 scholarly resources or research guides.

The completed assignment should address all of the assignment requirements, exhibit evidence of concept knowledge, and demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the content presented in the course. The writing should integrate scholarly resources, reflect academic expectations and current APA standards, and adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

When applicable, conduct a Turnitin pre-check and then upload your completed assignment and click the Submit to Dropbox button.

Signature Assignment Reminder

The culminating signature assignment for this course has two parts. Part I is a paper putting together a mini research proposal worth 15% of your final grade and Part II is a Research and Toolkit Journal worth 15% of your final grade. Although there is a reflection section intended to be completed in Week 8, there are weekly sections that you should complete each week while the information is still fresh in your mind. To ensure you are prepared and have adequate time to complete this assignment, please review the instructions by looking ahead to the signature assignment and download the template provided for your use in completing the assignment. Contact your professor if you have questions.

CITI Completion Reminder

In Week 7, you will be asked to upload your CITI completion certificate related to the protection of human research subjects. Completing the modules is a considerable assignment. We recommend that you complete them throughout the first 6 weeks to balance the work. Contact your professor if you have any questions.

Week 6 – Assignment: Define Populations and Samples for Study Feasibility

Consider your evolving study topic. Prepare a paper organized in the following sections:

Section 1

Define the following terms in your own words (cite references as appropriate):

  • Target Population
  • Source Population
  • Study population
  • Sampling Frame
  • Inclusion/exclusion Criteria
  • Representative Sampling
  • Sampling Method/Technique
  • Differentiate Random and Non-probability Sampling
  • Give at least 3 types of Probability Random Sampling
  • Give at least 3 types of Non-Probability Sampling

Section 2

Consider your evolving study. Respond to the following questions related to the work you have done so far in the course:

  • With respect to your study, what are the target, source, and study populations?
  • What are the sampling frame and inclusion/exclusion criteria for your working quantitative study from Week 4? How do the sampling frame and inclusion/exclusion criteria differ for your qualitative study from Week 5?
  • Given the quantitative and qualitative designs you chose for Weeks 4 and 5, what would be a specific sampling method/technique for both? Are those sampling techniques probability or non-probability methods/techniques?

Section 3

Discuss the feasibility of your study by responding to the following prompts:

  • Provide at least one paragraph discussing how your population and sampling choices may affect your study’s feasibility.
  • Include a brief discussion of how sample size may affect feasibility.
  • Provide at least one paragraph discussing the relationship of your overall design, study population, and sampling choices and how they may affect the feasibility of your study.

Length:  3-5 pages, excluding title and reference pages.

References: Include a minimum of 5 scholarly resources or research guides

The completed assignment should address all of the assignment requirements, exhibit evidence of concept knowledge, and demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the content presented in the course. The writing should integrate scholarly resources, reflect academic expectations and current APA standards, and adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

When applicable, conduct a Turnitin pre-check and then upload your completed assignment and click the Submit to Dropbox button. 

Signature Assignment Reminder

The culminating signature assignment for this course has two parts. Part I is a paper putting together a mini research proposal worth 15% of your final grade and Part II is a Research and Toolkit Journal worth 15% of your final grade. Although there is a reflection section intended to be completed in Week 8, there are weekly sections that you should complete each week while the information is still fresh in your mind. To ensure you are prepared and have adequate time to complete this assignment, please review the instructions by looking ahead to the signature assignment and download the template provided for your use in completing the assignment. Contact your professor if you have questions.

Week 7 – Assignment: Complete CITI Modules

Instructions

All individuals planning to conduct research must complete the web-based CITI tutorial focusing on the protection of human research subjects. For this assignment, you will need to complete the required CITI modules for NCU by Week 7. The IRB may require additional modules to be completed later based on your research methodology. If you have successfully completed CITI training within the last two years and your Completion Report is not due to expire in the next six months, you may submit the earlier Report (includes scores) and Certificate of Completion for this assignment. (If you have lost the completion certificate and report, email CITI at citisupport@med.miami.edu; your professor cannot help you find old CITI reports.) Please note that for your dissertation (but not a capstone project) you will need a CITI report that is not expired, so even if your report expires in more than 6 months, consider retaking it now so that you will not need to take this again during your dissertation work.

Follow the steps below to complete the web-based CITI training

  1. To complete the web-based CITI Training, follow the instructions in the left-hand navigation at https://ncu.libguides.com/irb/citi.
  2. Complete only the required NCU modules and corresponding quizzes. Note that CITI requires a specific score to pass a module quiz. You will have the opportunity to re-take quizzes until you earn a passing score.
  3. Once the modules and corresponding quizzes are completed, go to the CITI Basic Course Completion Report, download/save the Completion Report, and submit it. (*Note: The completion certificate does not include your module scores, so do not submit the Certificate. You must submit the completed report that lists all passing scores.)

Upload your CITI Basic Course Completion Report and click the Submit to Dropbox button. Reminder: Your instructor cannot grade this assignment without the report that lists your grade (with a passing score), so please do not submit the Completion Certificate that only shows completion.

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Optional Badging Activity 2: Research Ethics and Project Feasibility Video

This week, you have the opportunity to complete the second optional activity to earn the Research Process badge.

The activity this week is a video in the form of a narrated presentation. The instructions are included below.

You will be able to see the badges you have earned in the My Awards section of NCUOne. 

Instructions

For this optional activity, you will create a video in the form of a narrated presentation in which you consider project feasibility and ethics within the context of the research focus you proposed in EDR-8200, the scholarly literature you have examined, and what you learned from the CITI modules. Potential points of discussion include:

• How does your intended study population affect feasibility?
• How will ethics considerations affect sampling/participant selection?
• Are there potential coercive relationships involved?
• Does the study have a favorable benefits-to-risk ratio?
• How will you ensure respect for research participants?
• How will you provide for assent and/or informed consent?
• What steps/precautions can you take to minimize risk?

Discuss project feasibility in a 3-5 minute narrated presentation created with Kaltura; instructions are provided in this week’s resources.

Signature Assignment Reminder

The culminating signature assignment for this course has two parts. Part I is a paper putting together a mini research proposal worth 15% of your final grade and Part II is a Research and Toolkit Journal worth 15% of your final grade. Although there is a reflection section intended to be completed in Week 8, there are weekly sections that you should complete each week while the information is still fresh in your mind. To ensure you are prepared and have adequate time to complete this assignment, please review the instructions by looking ahead to the signature assignment and download the template provided for your use in completing the assignment. Contact your professor if you have questions.

Week 8 – Signature Assignment Part 1: Finalize your research proposal

Consider the research focus you originally proposed in EDR-8200 and have been developing throughout this course to consider project feasibility in light of what you have learned in this course about research methodologies.

In your final assignment, you will continue to improve your problem statement based on your professor’s feedback, depict components of the nature of your study, and develop the strategies you will use to select and ethically treat your study participants. All of the work you have completed will culminate in this Signature Assignment for the course.

The work you complete here will serve as a foundation for future courses and, ultimately, your research prospectus, dissertation, or capstone project. Complete the assignment within the context of your evolving study.

This written assignment is to be submitted as one document with the following seven headings:

  • Problem Statement (3 points)
  • Purpose Statement (2 points)
  • Research Questions and Hypotheses (2 points)
  • Methodology and Design (4 points)
  • Population and Sample (1 point)
  • Reliability and Validity (quantitative) or Trustworthiness (qualitative) (1 point)
  • Assumptions, Limitations, and Delimitations (2 points)

When considering the population and sample, please be sure to include details about feasibility.

For this assignment, keep in mind that you are improving your problem, purpose, and rationale for your methodology, design, and research methods according to the previous feedback received each week from your professor. Provide a complete rationale for how and why the methodology and design you chose were the best choices for your study and how they align with your problem and purpose sentence. Support the data collection procedure and measurement strategies you chose.

Ensure your selection and description of variables (quantitative) or constructs (qualitative) you will gather. Discuss how the variables (quantitative) or constructs (qualitative) will be measured and how they will be evaluated to ensure validity/reliability (quantitative) or trustworthiness (qualitative) as well as how they contribute to the internal alignment of the overall research design.

Length: 4-5 pages, excluding title and reference pages.

References: Include a minimum of 5 scholarly resources

The completed assignment should address all of the assignment requirements, exhibit evidence of concept knowledge, and demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the content presented in the course. The writing should integrate scholarly resources, reflect academic expectations and current APA standards, and adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

When applicable, conduct a Turnitin pre-check and then upload your completed assignment and click the Submit to Dropbox button.

Week 8 – Signature Assignment Part 2: Complete the Research and Toolkit Journal

In Week 1, you were introduced to the Research and Toolkit Journal template and were advised to complete the weekly sections as you progressed through the course. The research toolkit and journal was intended for you to summarize and track your learning throughout the course, how the learning has affected your overall understanding of the research process, the expectations of your dissertation (PhD), dissertation-in-practice (EdD), or capstone project (EdS). The toolkit also includes notes to your future self to be reviewed in subsequent courses, such as your capstone course (EdS) or the research sequence, your prospectus course, and dissertation courses (EdD and PhD).

This week, the expectation is that you complete the following summative reflections sections of the journal:

  • Reflection on Personal Epistemological and Ontological Changes (at least 2 paragraphs)
  • Reflection on Skill and Resource Development (at least 2 paragraphs) 

Length: Completed Research and Toolkit Journal per template instructions

References: As indicated in the template instructions.

The completed assignment should address all of the assignment requirements, exhibit evidence of concept knowledge, and demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the content presented in the course. The writing should integrate scholarly resources, reflect academic expectations and current APA standards, and adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

When applicable, conduct a Turnitin pre-check and then upload your completed assignment and click the Submit to Dropbox button.